Arturo Serna returns to conduct our Autumn Concert he leads an incredibly busy schedule conducting several orchestras in Devon and Dorset, leading cello masterclasses, performing, teaching and studying for a masters degree in conducting all done with great good humour and attention to detail.

The orchestra will be joined by Joe Pritchard a BBC Young Musician of the Year Finalist, graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School and former Principal Cellist with the National Youth Orchestra to play the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto.

Sibelius Second Symphony was premiered in 1902, not long after Finlandia had its first outing and just before Sibelius’ Violin Concerto made its debut. Pretty soon, the overtly Nordic sounds led the Symphony No.2 to be dubbed the ‘Symphony of Independence’. Whether or not Sibelius actually intended this to happen has been open to debate, especially as sketches for it were begun while he was enjoying the beauty of the Italian countryside!