Music to celebrate Independence Day

Sunday 2nd July 2023 3:00 PM

Birmingham Symphonic Winds

Keith Allen conductor

Sarah Williamson clarinet

CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham



Clarinet Concerto Artie Shaw
New York (from East Coast Pictures) Nigel Hess
Humoresque on Swanee Gershwin/Sousa
Sierra Nevada Philip Sparke
Cuban Overture George Gershwin
Paquito Andy Scott
Golden Light David Maslanka

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Birmingham Symphonic Winds return to the CBSO Centre, Birmingham for an enjoyable afternoon of music to take you on a journey from urban New York City via the stunning Californian mountain range of Sierra Nevada through to the catchy rhythms of Latin America.

Clarinet soloist Sarah Williamson will dazzle in her performance of the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto which displays virtuosic clarinet boogie woogie at its best! One of Classic FM’s favourites Nigel Hess is featured in his composition ’New York’ from East Coast Pictures, together with a beautiful depiction of the wondrous panoramic grandeur in Philip Sparke’s ‘Sierra Nevada.’ Andy Scott’s ‘Paquito’ features catchy Latin American rhythms and David Maslanka’s ‘Golden Light’ depicts an energetic walk in Central Park. No performance of music to celebrate America can be complete without George Gershwin - BSW will perform his Cuban Overture and the Humoresque on Swanee, as arranged by Sousa.

Sarah Williamson clarinet

Sarah Williamson has toured the world, playing at major concert venues and collaborating with numerous leading orchestras. She achieved international fame in 2002 following her success in the BBC Young Musician Competition and Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians.

Sarah studied at Le Conservatoire Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with Pascal Moraguès, principal clarinettist of the Orchestre de Paris, Jean-Francois Verdier and Olivier Derbesse, graduating with the Premier Prix and a ‘Laureate’, the highest honour.

Sarah Williamson has performed and toured extensively with The Academy of St Martins in the Fields, The City of London Sinfonia, the BBC Concert orchestra, the LSO, BBC Concert Orchestra (broadcast live), The European Union Chamber Orchestra, The Brighton Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic (Classic FM live broadcast) and the Orchestra of the Swan.