Norfolk Symphony Orchestra concert at Lynn’s St Nicholas’ Chapel

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra soloist Phillippa Barton
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra soloist Phillippa Barton
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Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s second concert of 2016  is to be performed on Sunday, March 20, at the  newly-renovated St Nicholas’ Chapel in Lynn.

Here, the acoustic will be perfect for the two wonderful works from the symphonic repertoire that have been chosen.

Under the baton of music director Phillip Hesketh, they have coupled one of Beethoven’s finest and most astonishing concertos – soloist Phillippa Barton – with Bruckner’s most popular work, his ‘Romantic’ Symphony (No 4).

Phillippa, who has been leader of the NSO for more than two years, studied at the Royal College of Music and then spent three years with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra before returning to London to freelance with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia.

Philippa is looking forward to performing the Beethoven in such a wonderful acoustic space, and says: “I remember when Anthony Marwood came to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with my county youth orchestra in Essex when I was 16 years old.

“I fell in love with the concerto that day, and now, nearly 30 years later, I have the chance to perform it for the first time as the soloist. I’m so excited and count it a great privilege to play it with my lovely friends in the NSO.”

In the second half, the orchestra invite you to come and be ushered into Bruckner’s fairy tale world with his 4th Symphony, often considered to be his most popular of the nine.

This concert will take the listener on a real roller coaster of emotions from the tense to the triumphant in an edge-of-your-seat experience. It promises to be an exciting afternoon for concert goer and orchestra player alike.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is committed to producing music of the highest quality, performing varied and exciting programmes and the orchestra will once again be giving away 100 free tickets to under 18s throughout this season. It is hugely encouraging for the orchestra to find that there are so many enthusiastic supporters for classical music amongst the young people of the county and it is hoped families will go along and enjoy this concert with a difference.

The concert on March 20 starts at 3.30pm; tickets are £16 and available from the box office on 01553 764864 or on line at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk