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PUBLISHED: 13:04 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 03 July 2010

FROM robots, dinasours and madcap comedy to the stirring and romantic sounds of music. Hot on the heels of the success of the Out There Festival of street arts and circus at the weekend, the local charity SeaChange Arts is promoting its next big event - the start of the 2nd International Concert Series in Great Yarmouth.

FROM robots, dinasours and madcap comedy to the stirring and romantic sounds of music. Hot on the heels of the success of the Out There Festival of street arts and circus at the weekend, the local charity SeaChange Arts is promoting its next big event - the start of the 2nd International Concert Series in Great Yarmouth.

It will feature three orchestral concerts, plus a piano recital, over the next six months.

The opening concert, on Tuesday, November 10, sees the famous Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra performing at the Hippodrome Circus. Already tickets have been selling well, particularly for the special subscription offer which sees a big saving if people buy tickets for the whole series.

“Our aim is to bring the very best to the town which we certainly proved with the range of international performers we put on during Out There” said Joe Mackintosh, the chief executive of SeaChange Arts. “And that's just as true for our music series. But we also want to make it available to as many people as possible, which is why we have kept the prices down, and made special offers”.

Tickets are available from just six pounds and SeaChange is encouraging schools and older people's groups to attend, as well as appealing to businesses to support the concerts. Jacek Kaspszyk will conduct the Polish National Symphony Orchestra who are starting their UK tour at Yarmouth. They will perform Elgar's “In the South” and Brahms Symphony Number One as well as Chopin's first piano concerto with Mikhail Rudy as the soloist.

The series continues in February with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performing Bruch's Viloin Concerto - a work which regular tops the classical music charts - and Dvorak's New World Symphony. It rounds off in April with the European Chamber Orchestra and top soloist Freddie Kempf. And in March there's an afternoon piano recital given by Nikolai Demidenko.

The first series of concerts attracted large audiences including a sell out performance by the Russian State Orchestra with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

“We are so pleased that we've been able to bring classical concerts back to Yarmouth, and to the Hippodrome which is such a perfect and unique concert hall” said Joe Mackintosh. “It's a big financial risk but we're confident that people will continue to support something which is now a regular feature of our programme”

Tickets from £6 to £28 (£6 - £18 for the recital) are available from the Hippodrome Box Office on 01493-844172 and website and also from the Theatre Royal box office on 01603- 630000.


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