Latest News of Peter Bassano
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
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.
Composer: Robert Saxton Professor of Composition
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
Wendover Choral Society