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Classical concerts on way

PUBLISHED: 16:24 09 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:21 03 July 2010

GREAT Yarmouth is to play host to the biggest line up of classical concerts ever seen in the town.

Three major international orchestras will perform at the Hippodrome Circus in the series presented by the Seachange Arts Trust - with the added bonus of a solo piano recital by a top Russian artist.

GREAT Yarmouth is to play host to the biggest line up of classical concerts ever seen in the town.

Three major international orchestras will perform at the Hippodrome Circus in the series presented by the Seachange Arts Trust - with the added bonus of a solo piano recital by a top Russian artist.

There's special offers on tickets as well, with prices being kept as low as possible and a new cut price subscription scheme for people who want to sign up for the whole series.

“We really do want to make this music available to as many people as we can. It's what we are here for” said the managing director of SeaChange, Joe Mackintosh. “Our task is to bring top quality events like this to the borough and to encourage all ages to enjoy it”

The opening concert will be on November 10 featuring the famous Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under their conductor Jacek Kaspszyk with soloist Mikhail Rudy in a programme which includes the first Chopin piano concerto and Brahms Symphony Number One.

On February 4 the Czech National Symphony Orchestra will perform two of the most popular classical works, Dvorak's New World Symphony and the Bruch Violin Concerto, with soloist Charlie Siem, a piece which regularly tops the Classic FM charts.

The European Chamber Orchestra will round off the series on April 26. Piano soloist Freddy Kempf, a regular at the King's Lynn Festival where he is a patron, will play the Piano Concerto Number 14. The programme, conducted by Matthias Wollong, will also include Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Barber's Adagio for Strings, both works which ride high in the classical charts.

The extra concert is a piano recital which will be given by Russian Nikolai Demidenko on the afternoon of Sunday, March 21 featuring works by Beethoven and Chopin. The other concerts will all be in the evening.

The series follows the success of the concerts staged over last winter and spring, including the visit of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber who performed with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra to a full house in February.

There will be a special subscription rate of £70 for anyone who wants to buy the top priced seats for the whole series, which will give a substantial saving of over £30. There are seats at just £6 for schools and people under 26, and other age groups and people with particular needs are being encouraged to attend.

“It's great music, we've worked closely with the orchestral management to bring pieces that people will recognise and enjoy” said Joe Mackintosh. “This is something we want to build up and continue alongside our other work in the community”

Book at the Hippodrome 01493 844172 or online at http:/bookings.yarmouthhippodrome.co.uk or at Norwich Theatre Royal 01603 630000.

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