Peter Bassano

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In May 2015 Peter will conduct the first performance of Wicken Fen commissioned from
Christopher Gunning (probably best known for his incidental music to the Poirot TV series).
Wicken Fen is a celebrated area of outstanding natural beauty in the
Cambridgeshire countryside.

Christopher Gunning
Christopher Gunning

On 15th November 2014 Peter conducted the first performance of Robert Saxton’s Sonata
on a Prelude of Orlando Gibbons
with the City of Cambridge Band at Girton College,
Cambridge. The new work was commissioned by Peter and the Band with funds made
available by the Vaughan-Williams Trust and the John Golland Trust. The work has
strong musical associations with Cambridge and Oxford; Saxton and Gibbons studied
and worked in both university cities, albeit 400 years apart.

Robert Saxton
Composer: Robert Saxton Professor of Composition
Oxford University

On 1st November 2014 Peter returned to Norway to adjudicate for the third time in the country. The host city was Stavanger where more than 50 bands competed in a wide range of repertoire.   

Peter began his sixth year as Music Director of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra the opening concert of the season at the Central Theatre Chatham was on 22nd November 2014, a large and enthusiastic audience heard a programme centred around the artistic creativity in the final decades of the nineteenth century Habsburg Empire. Brahms’s celebrated and energetic Hungarian Dances were followed by works from two of the greatest Czech composers: Smetana’s affectionate invocation of his countryside, From Bohemia’s Fields and Groves (from his epic Ma Vlast), and Dvorak’s popular and engaging G major Symphony.

The City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra
The City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Peter has been Music Director of the Wendover Choral Society for twelve years, the choir’s opening concert of the season at St Mary’s Church Wendover on 6th December 2014 a capacity audience heard the Baroque charm of Charpentier’s Christmas Mass Messe de Minuit pour Noël which dates from around 1690 written for the Jesuit church of St. Louis in Paris where Charpentier held the post of maître de musique. Vivaldi’s well-known Gloria ended the programme. The choir were joined by the Equale Baroque Soloists, led by the Vivaldi specialist Adrian and addition to accompanying the singers also gave a spell binding reading of Vivaldi’s Concerto per la Solennita di San Lorenzo.

Wendover Choral Society
Wendover Choral Society