West London Sinfonia+Christopher Kent+Hesketh

Orchestral / Murder Mystery Concert at 
St Barnabas Church
Pitshanger Lane, Ealing  W5 1QG
7.30pm on Saturday 16th



Dvorák:                              Symphony No.9 in E minor
Dvorák:                              "From the New World"

Khachaturian:                     Masquerade Suite

Nathaniel Stookey:             The Composer is Dead


Conductor:    Philip Hesketh

Narrator:       Christopher Kent


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The West London Sinfonia is appearing in our Festival for the first time and we are eagerly awaiting its superbly imaginative programme.

They open with Dvorak’s evergreen New World Symphony. This is followed by Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite, a masterpiece originally written as incidental music to a production of Mikhail Lermontov’s eponymous play. The evening is concluded with Nathaniel Stookey’s musical whodunnit The Composer is Dead, composed in 2009 with text for narrator by Lemony Snicket. This is a unique approach, where the orchestra members become the dramatis personnae! Narrating is Christopher Kent, well known to Ealing audiences.

We anticipate a lively concert!

Christopher Kent has appeared on stage, screen and radio in a wide range of roles from Shakespeare to contemporary drama. London theatre appearances have included Cyrano de Bergerac with Robert Lindsay at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and The Government Inspector with Timothy Spall at Greenwich Theatre. He is also one of the UK's best-known voiceover actors and his voice is regularly heard on commercials, documentaries, film trailers and literary recordings. Recent concert work includes collaborations with the Orlando Choir and the Bridge String Quartet, the Voice of God in Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde and Never Such Innocence, his acclaimed narrative recital of words and music from the First World War with the pianist Gamal Khamis.

West London Sinfonia will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of music-making in 2020.  The orchestra had its origins in Ealing and was founded with the intention of providing the opportunity for alumni of Ealing Youth Orchestra to continue playing at a high standard, and we are pleased that this relationship has continued. New members are welcome, particularly upper string players.

Their programmes encompass a wide variety of music, from all parts of the symphonic repertoire, and are designed to include the full range of orchestral instrumentalists who want to play with them. World-class artists regularly appear in their concerts, but they are also fortunate to have some very talented members of their orchestra to showcase as soloists.

The Sinfonia's musical director, Philip Hesketh, has conducted the orchestra for much of its existence and brings to it, besides his experience in conducting and coaching other groups, the ability to communicate to audiences the context and essence of the works played. Over his career, Philip has succeeded in building a portfolio of roles which encompass conducting, communicating and developing the public understanding and love of music in a variety of ways.  His knowledge of the repertoire and character of ballet, opera and orchestral works is evident from the multiple musical directorships he holds, in addition to West London Sinfonia, with Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, Opéra de Baugé, Opera Vera, and the London Children’s Ballet, as well as his regular appearances with leading orchestras at home and abroad and his work with many eminent conductors and artists.