20th May, 2019

Box of delights in store as Redditch Orchestra celebrates its 70th year

THERE is a treat in store for lovers of good music when the Redditch Orchestra performs some of the favourites of renowned composer Felix Mendelssohn at Studley Village Hall.

The concert is just one of the performances marking the orchestra’s 70th birthday and is sure to be a hit, particularly as its centrepiece is the great composer’s hugely popular Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, with the renowned Graham Longfils as soloist.

That is not all as also on the bill is Mendelssohn’s uplifting concert overture, The Hebrides, a work inspired by one of his trips to the British Isles, specifically an 1829 excursion to the Scottish island of Staffa, with its basalt sea cave known as Fingal’s Cave.

Completing the box of delights will be the great composer’s Symphony No4 ‘Italian’, inspired by the colour and atmosphere of the country which he toured in 1829.

Mendelssohn was no stranger to the British Isles and saw his work performed at Birmingham Town Hall where he conducted many of his own pieces there, including premieres.

After his first four days of concerts there in 1837, he reported that he had never had ‘such a brilliant success’.

The concert is on Saturday, March 16 at Studley Village Hall at 7.30pm and tickets are £12/£10, free for children, from 07941 692879 or visit www.theredditchorchestra.co.uk.

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