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Bushey Symphony Orchestra 2020

Bushey Symphony Orchestra’s New Year Concert on Sunday 19th January 2020 at 3.00pm in the Grand Hall at Bushey Academy is once again being held in support of Peace Hospice Care. It features well-known pieces by Johann Strauss II, Elgar and Tchaikovsky. The BSO is conducted by music director George Vass, with outstanding young Latvian Kristiana Ignatjeva as cello soloist.

The Music

The concert opens with the overture to Die Fledermaus – Johann Strauss’ best-known operetta, bringing the glamour and romance of Vienna to Bushey. Strauss himself was at the podium for the premiere, which took place at the Theater an der Wien on 5 April 1874. This eight-minute overture is packed full of wonderful tunes from start to finish.

Completed in 1919, the Cello Concerto was Edward Elgar’s last major orchestral work, and his most confessional. Elgar had been ill, and he was deeply depressed by the Great War’s destruction of the world he had known. All of this he poured into a concerto for the cello – not such an unlikely instrument, considering its rich-toned yet brooding personality and its searing, dark timbre. The Cello Concerto is Elgar’s undisputed masterpiece and has now rightly become one of his most popular works.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony emerged from a particularly troubled period of the composer’s life, but he wrote to his patron Nadezhda von Meck ‘I’ve never yet felt such love for any of my things … it seems to me that this symphony is better than anything I’ve done so far’. Between the strident ‘fate’ fanfare of the opening bars and the fiery energy of the finale come a profusion of emotions expressed in memorable melodies and vivid orchestral textures.  

Our soloist

Latvian cellist Kristiana Ignatjeva studied at the Royal College of Music, London with Melissa Phelps, having previously been a student at the Purcell School under the tutelage of Robert Cohen.

Kristiana has worked with many prominent musicians including Ashkenazy, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Zukerman and Nicola Benedetti. Kristiana has won many international and national competitions, and has given recitals across Europe and North America in major concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall.


Tickets are now on sale and available in advance online at 20% of the ticket price of all tickets sold to Peace Hospice Care’s supporters will be donated by BSO to Peace Hospice Care. Please make sure you type PEACEDONATE into the discount code box on the web page when booking your tickets. Tickets are also available from the BSO Box Office on 07467 248 258 – please book early to avoid disappointment.


Bushey Academy, London Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 3AA