A season for classics

Garry Humphreys on where to see classical music in Enfield this autumn

Enfield Youth Symphony Orchestra

Enfield Youth Symphony Orchestra at St Giles Cripplegate (credit Photocoverage)

Prior to writing this article I knew there were many local orchestras and classical music groups in the borough – but only in my research was the wide variety of activity in Enfield revealed.

Southgate Symphony Orchestra perform on Saturday 24th November at St Stephen’s Church, Bush Hill Park, with Tom Torley, soloist in Vaughan Williams’s Tuba Concerto, alongside two rarities; Une Voix dans le Désért, written by Elgar in 1915, and Hubert Parry’s Fifth Symphony, heard at this year’s Proms on the centenary of the composer’s death. There’s more to Parry than Jerusalem, as we are belatedly discovering!

The North London Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1947 and is now in its second full season under the internationally acclaimed cellist, teacher and conductor Robert Max. The programmes are ambitious and the orchestra delivers them with aplomb. The next concert, on Saturday 1st December in the Palmers Green United Reformed Church, includes William Walton’s First Symphony – music of tremendous vitality and energy, as exciting now as when it was first performed in the 1930s.

Enfield is also the home of Children’s International Voices, founded and inspired by June and Christopher Keyte. Ages range from four to 24 and many previous members have gone on to careers in the professional music world.

Enfield Music Services offers many opportunities for playing and singing too – their flagship Enfield Youth Symphony Orchestra can be heard at St Giles Cripplegate, in the City of London, on Friday 7th December, playing Dvorák’s Eighth Symphony and Grieg’s Piano Concerto.

Opera preparation takes more time, but we can look forward to La Traviata from Southgate Opera in February 2019.

In addition, there will be many smaller vocal and instrumental recitals and community events across Enfield this autumn.