Arensky Chamber Orchestra
All Roads Lead to Woolwich
‘Made you feel as though you were at the centre of an arctic gale with frost on your chin!’
William Kunhardt conducts the Arensky Chamber Orchestra in Aulenko: Sound of the Forest
This is an orchestral concert, just not as you know it. Each piece is performed three-dimensionally, with the musicians dispersed around different parts of this former ammunition factory.
For John Cage’s Williams Mix, a 4-minute long space-age blend of recorded cityscapes and electronic noises, we invite you to listen blindfolded so that you can get lost in the buzz of traffic and the whisper of winds.
From the silence, the orchestra emerges to perform Charles Ives’ beautiful The Unanswered Question for strings, wind and solo trumpet.
Poems depicting Aulenko, the Finnish forest that inspired the symphony, have been set to music by former BBC Young Composer of the Year Alex Woolf. These fade into Sibelius’ 5th Symphony, which has one of the greatest melodies ever written – an arc of swans flying home to nest, captured in music. As you sit amongst the musicians, with everything sounding so clear and electrifying, you’ll feel like one of the performers