Maciej Kułakowski sits in a forrest. He has his cello over his lap and stares into the middle distance
Past Event
Classical Music

Brighton & East Sussex Youth Orchestra

Mon 15 May 2023
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Brighton’s finest young musicians perform pieces with a folk feel

Brighton & East Sussex Youth Orchestra with Maciej Kułakowski (cello) & Peter Davison (conductor) and Brighton Festival Youth Choir

Doreen Carwithen Suffolk Suite 

Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in Emin, Op85 

Trad. arr. Juliette Pochin Simple Gifts and Shenandoah

Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring

Folk music and dancing feature in both Doreen Carwithen’s Suffolk Suite, created for a school orchestra and prominently picturing a troupe of morris dancers jangling down the street, and Aaron Copland’s American pioneer ballet Appalachian Spring.

‘I am folk music!’ Elgar once declared and, though his achingly nostalgic Cello Concerto – here played by prize-winning young Polish cellist Maciej Kułakowski – is entirely original, it’s as quintessentially English as any morris dance.

Brighton Festival Youth Choir will perform the Shaker Song Simple Gifts, which Copland uses in his orchestral suite Appalachian Spring alongside the traditional American folk song Shenandoah

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