Carnival of the Animals
- Spring 2015

Carnival of the Animals

Spring 2015
Saint-Saëns 'Carnival of the Animals'

Our Spring term course will feature French composer Saint-Saëns' brilliant 'Carnival of the Animals'. In 1885 the composer ackonowledged in a letter to his publisher that he knew he should be working on his third symphony. However, having retreated to a small village, he had become distracted by writing a fun piece depicting various animals. It was originally written for a small ad hoc group of instrumentalists, but has gradually been augmented to a larger ensemble. The composer was insistent that the work not be published during his lifetime, fearing it would detract from his more serious image, but it has since become one of his more famous and widely performed works.

The work contains many great short works, including marching lions, chickens, an aquarium, and famous favourites like The Elephant and The Swan. The concert will also feature the orchestras celebration of Finnish composer Sibelius' 150 year anniversary with the ever-popular tone-poem Finlandia.

The orchestra will be performing two concerts at St John's Church in Chipping Sodbury on March 6th. The first, at 5.30pm is a 'bring-a-bear' concert aimed at younger children. Bring your own stuffed animal (sorry, no livestock!) to the concert. There will be a second concert performance at 7:30pm.

Tickets are free, but need to be reserved in advance at

The dates for the Spring term (rehearsals at St Helen's Alveston) are:

Feb: 11th, 13th (*rehearsal on the 13th at Alveston Methodist Church)
25th, 27th,
March: 4th
Performances on Friday March 6th at St John the Baptist Church, Chipping Sodbury.

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About Us

The South Cotswold Youth Orchestra is an ensemble serving the young musicians of South Gloucestershire area and beyond. Part of the Thornbury Area Youth Music, it performs symphonic repertoire in 3 courses per year, involving players of grade 5 standard and above.




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