Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
12:00 PM 4th June 2022

Settle Orchestra Goes To London – By Way Of Bogota

Settle Orchestra continues its 2021-22 series of live concerts, under its dynamic Columbian conductor Elizabeth Gallego, with two popular and attractive concerts in Settle (18 June) and Skipton (25 June).Full details are on the orchestra’s website at

The main work is Haydn’s “London” symphony, the last symphony he wrote at the end of his triumphant visits to London and the culmination of a lifetime developing the symphonic form. It has all the hallmarks of Haydn’s style – high spirits, beautiful and singable tunes, unexpected silences to catch the audience out, powerful statements on full orchestra alternating with moments of great delicacy. No wonder some of Haydn’s composers found him a “noisy” composer!If you have never heard this wonderful piece before, here is your opportunity.

In the first half we will hear a pot pourri of attractive shorter pieces involving the Columbian bassoonist Juan Antonio Rodriguez, like Elizabeth a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music.These will include the “Melodia Triste” by the Columbian composer Leon Cardona, and pieces by Elgar and Verdi.And the concert will open with the delightful Serenade in D by the French composer Saint-Saëns.

This would be a good introduction for younger listeners to the world of classical orchestral music – so do please come to support your local orchestra, and bring your children/grandchildren to what will be a highly enjoyable evening!