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Norfolk Symphony Orchestra returns to St Nicholas’ Chapel in King's Lynn on Sunday, May 15, with a programme titled Forces of Nature, a tribute to the drama and passion of the Romantic period.

Steve Bingham will conduct the orchestra in works by Ethyl Smyth, Bruch and Rachmaninov in a programme guaranteed to make a wonderful afternoon of live music

The concert starts at 3.30pm and Ethyl Smyth’s The Wreckers concert overture is first on the programme.

Madeleine Mitchell by Daniel Ross is performing at St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn for the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. (56440735)
Madeleine Mitchell by Daniel Ross is performing at St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn for the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. (56440735)

The operatic work as a whole is a portrayal of bloodthirsty Cornishmen luring ships onto the rocks in order to plunder them and steal their cargo, in combination with the doomed love affair between a fisherman and the preacher’s young wife.

An exciting start to the afternoon with this overture showing influences of Wagner and English Folksong.

The orchestra is delighted to welcome Madeleine Mitchell to perform Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1, undoubtedly one of the most well known and loved concertos of the repertoire.

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn (49595941)
St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn (49595941)

Described by The Times as one of Britain's liveliest musical forces and foremost violinists, Madeleine has performed in some 50 countries as soloist, with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony and most recently the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

A prolific recording artist and award winner, Mitchell has performed and broadcast in numerous festivals including the BBC Proms.

She said: "The Bruch is one of my absolute favourite works to perform - passionate, moving and exciting. I’m much looking forward to performing on 15th with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra and it’s great to be making music with a live audience again."

The final work is Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony in E minor, four movements of beautiful melodies and lush orchestration which is Romantic both in style and emotion.

The 3rd movement in particular contains arguably one of the most romantic melodies in the orchestral music repertoire with the clarinet taking centre stage.

The final movement takes us from the original minor key to E Major, a bright optimistic key and includes a second subject which is one of Rachmaninov’s signature expansive and lyrical melodies.

Alongside his piano concertos this symphony is of one of his most popular and best known compositions and will be a wondrous musical journey as a finale to this concert

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 18’s 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.

For details on this offer please call the box office. Tickets are £16 and are available from the box office on: 01553 764864 or visit the website here www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk.

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