Leslie Olive introduces summer concerts:

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Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux
plays Mendelssohn's violin concerto


The Isle of Ely Festival

Ely Cathedral

Saturday 25th June 2022


Overture: "The Hebrides"

Violin Concerto 

Symphony No.4, "Italian"

Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, violin
Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Leslie Olive, conductor

Leslie Olive introduces this music:


I confess I am in love with this all-Mendelssohn programme! I was once again on a boat standing off Fingal’s Cave on the southern cliff of the Scottish island of Staffa this last summer, and there is a particular feel and look to the ocean swell as it reached the Hebrides which Mendelssohn captures perfectly in his wonderful Hebrides Overture – also known as “Fingal’s Cave.” The music takes us on a journey through calm swells to something much more challenging and back again. At the end it seems as though we have sailed away, and the island disappears in the distance.


The wonderful young French violinist Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux plays the same composer’s Violin Concerto, surely one of the most extraordinary and compelling works in an extraordinary and compelling category of composition. Charlotte was a prize-winner at the 2021 International Auditions for the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), with whom I and Suffolk Philharmonic have worked for many years as part of our commitment to providing opportunities for the most outstanding solo performers of the younger generation.


Mendelssohn was a keen traveller, and his fourth and last symphony – the “Italian” – is just as genuinely coloured with the sunshine and swirling colours of Italian peasant dancing as the Hebrides Overture is redolent of sea spray and the crash of the waves on the basalt columns of Staffa. The movements are all glorious, from the sun-drenched opening, through the musical impression of a religious procession in Naples in the slow movement, and the fiery Saltarello and Tarantella dances of the finale – the Tarantella being the legendary frenzied dance in which a victim of a tarantula sting dances himself to death.

Come and enjoy this wonderful programme with the SPO In the numinous and inspiring surroundings of Ely Cathedral at the height of summer.

Generously sponsored by 

"..within reach of everyone in Suffolk.."

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The Lark's Flight over Suffolk is supported by:

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The Lark's Flight over Suffolk

Summer 2022

The Lark Ascending, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (RVW), is today one of the best-loved pieces of classical music in the UK. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the composer, Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra aims to bring this glorious music within reach of everyone in Suffolk.

"The Lark's Flight over Suffolk" tells the story of The Lark Ascending and of RVW's live, his triumphs and his disappointments, in music and words. The Lark Ascending features along with his Oboe Concerto and other captivating music by this outstanding and influential British composer. 

Launching at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 30th June 2022, "The Lark's Flight" then goes on tour to five further venues around the county of Suffolk. As well as RVW himself (played by an actor, of course), there will be a small orchestra of 14 musicians, and outstanding soloists.

"The Lark's Flight" is conceived and directed by conductor Leslie Olive.


Bury St Edmunds, Theatre Royal

Thursday 30 June 7.30pm

Eye, Town Hall
Friday 1 July 7.30pm

Aldeburgh, Jubilee Hall
Sunday 3 July 4.00pm (time tbc)

Carlton Marshes, Visitor Centre
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Friday 8 July 7.30pm

Felixstowe, St Andrew's Church
Saturday 9 July 7.30pm

Hadleigh, Church
Sunday 10 July 4.00pm (time tbc)


Ralph Vaughan Williams 150th Anniversary Celebrations

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Saturday 15th October 2022

Vaughan Williams

Symphony No.1: A Sea Symphony

Symphony No.2: A "London" Symphony

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Leslie Olive, conductor