The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is delighted to present the New Year’s Concerts featuring the well-known orchestra, The European Sinfonietta, conducted by the eminent Wouter Padberg. The concerts are organised on behalf of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education and will take place at the John Mackintosh Hall Theatre on 4th January 2018. The first one will be an Orchestral Concert for children at 5.30pm, followed by an adult concert at 8.30pm.


Foto: Vincenzo Laera

Since 2015 Wouter Padberg is working as First Kapellmeister of Theater Trier and the Philharmonisches Orchester Trier. He conducted performances of Tosca, Die Ausflüge des Herrn Broucek (Janacek), Fidelio, Die Großherzogin von Gerolstein (Offenbach), Midsummer Nights Dream (Britten) and Im weissen Rössl. Apart from the operatic activities Padberg conducted symphony concerts (Beethoven 9, Brahms 1st Piano Concerto, Enigma Variations), concerts devoted to 18th century symphonic works, family concerts and a symphonic ballet production with commissioned work by Susan Oswell.
Between 2013 and 2015 Wouter Padberg was Assistant Conductor of Karel Mark Chichon and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern. He stepped for rehearsals and assisted during recording of the complete symphonies by Dvorak. From 2011 and 2013, Padberg was Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra. Besides assisting and rehearsing he had the opportunity to perform with both orchestras in concert, conducting a family concert of Peer Gynt by Grieg in the Concertgebouw and Haydn Symphony No. 49 La Passione. During this period he was able to work with many conductors on a great variety of repertoire. Of special importance were the cooperations with Frans Brüggen, Sir Mark Elder and Vladimir Jurowski.

The New Year’s concert programme combines the best of the best: The cheerfully lively, but also somewhat reflective program of music with compositions by the Strauss dynasty and its contemporaries ensures a good start to the still young year.

The orchestral fun-filled concert for children and geared for the whole family will include a draw to give the chance to younger members of the audience to conduct the orchestra and instruments will be supplied to the younger members to perform with the orchestra during those pieces.

Tickets for the Orchestral Concert for children are free of charge for kids and their families. These free tickets can be collected at the City Hall, Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery reception as from Monday 4th December 2017 between 9.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets are limited to 6 per person. The attending children’s ID cards must be shown.

Tickets for the evening’s performance, priced at £20 will go on sale also as from Monday 4th December 2017 and will be available from Sacarello’s Coffee Shop in Irish Town, the Silver Shop at 222 Main Street or from the Society on 200 72134 or A limited number of tickets priced at £10 for Senior Citizens and Students will be available from the City Hall, Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery reception.