University of Leicester eBulletin

Helix Ensemble at Leicester

January 2003
No 18

A Second World War serenade, French joke and a Mozart symphony are all on the programme when the Helix Ensemble give their annual concert at the University of Leicester on Saturday 8 February 2003.

Imaginative programming is a feature of the East-Midlands based Ensemble, and one for which they have twice been awarded an Enterprise Award by the Performing Right Society of Great Britain.

Also known for exploring rarely-performed chamber or small orchestral music within the context of more traditional items, their forthcoming University of Leicester concert is likely to be in line with both their aims.

Commemorating the centenary of the birth of Sir Lennox Berkeley, the Helix Ensemble will open their concert with his Serenade for Strings, a work revealing the cool elegance of his style. This is followed by the French composer Darius Milhaud’s ballet music, La Création du Monde, a typically French spoof title for a work that shows the influence of jazz music heard by the composer in a Harlem night club.

The concert draws to a close with a Mozart masterpiece, Symphony No 39 in E flat major, the first of three that he wrote at full tilt in the summer of 1788. Despite the fact that Mozart was facing financial hardship at the time, with his unique style he is able to combine passion, power and beauty to the highest degree.

The Helix Ensemble, conducted by Alan Suttie, appears at the University of Leicester Fraser Noble Hall, London Road/University Road, Leicester, on Saturday 8 February at 7.30 pm. Tickets, costing £7.50 (concession £6, students/under 18s £3.50), are available from the Department of Music, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2781, facsimile 0116 252 2782, email  

For details of all University of Leicester concerts see the website:

NOTE TO EDITORS:   For more information please contact Anthony Pither, Director of Music, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2780, facsimile 0116 252 2782, email

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