Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s January concert is a celebration of Shakespeare’s work.
As 2016 marks 400 years since the Bard’s death, there are events organised around the country including the LSO in the Barbican and the CBSO in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and this is a golden opportunity to celebrate his work in words and music in West Norfolk.
Some wonderful music has been written in response to his plays and the NSO is presenting some of the greatest alongside the words which inspired it.
Joining the orchestra at Lynn Corn Exchange on Sunday, January 31, are two very talented and brilliant young actors, Sophie Steer and Adam Slynn, who will speak the immortal words with musical director Philip Hesketh narrating brief introductions to their characters and the stories.
The programme features the unforgettable and utterly dramatic music by Prokofiev for Romeo & Juliet (excerpts) one of the 20th century’s greatest and most well-known ballet scores, the joyous and defiant film score for Henry V by William Walton, and Frank Bridges’ most appealing and elusive pieces There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook. This concert will be a wonderful blend of music and words and a treat for all ages.
Sophie Steer grew up in West Norfolk, she caught the acting bug as member of the King’s Lynn Players and while attending King Edward Academy from where she went on to train at LAMDA. Her theatre work includes Sparks at the Old Red Lion Theatre, Buckets at the Orange Tree Theatre and Romeo and Juliet at the Watermill Theatre; her TV work includes Chickens with Big Talk Productions; and also short films including A Thousand Empty Glasses which was nominated for Best Short at Raindance/ Palm Springs.
Adam Slynn also trained at LAMDA and, like Sophie, has Shakespeare theatre performances on his CV including Twelfth Nigh (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival), plus other stage roles include Inches Apart (Old Vic/Theatre 503), Lovers - Winners ( Hljomalind, Reykjavik), 52 Pick Up (Theatre 503). Some of you may recognise him from his TV roles in BBC’s EastEnders and Doctors.
Sophie and Adam are really excited about performing alongside the orchestra and seeing how the music and words bring each other alive to produce a really exciting concert, with Sophie delighted at making a return to West Norfolk to perform.
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 hopes families will come along and enjoy this concert with a difference.
The performance starts at 3.30pm and tickets are £16 (reduced price for seats in the very front row); tickets are available from the Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864 or on line at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk