Feb 09, 2015
Orchestra plays to audience’s tune in Coastal Classics concert at the Spa

The Spa Bridlington welcomes Hull Philharmonic Orchestra for a Sunday afternoon Coastal Classics concert at the start of March.

The orchestra will play a programme chosen by audience members in a vote last year.

The informal event in the Royal Hall on March 1 at 3pm will comprise the work of nine composers, ranging from Charles Gounod to Leonard Bernstein covering more than 100 years of music history.

With the orchestra’s musical director Andrew Penny conducting, it will feature soloist Callum Smart, one of music’s rising stars, in Max Bruch’s famous Violin Concerto No.1.

Crispin Rolfe, of Look North, who is normally a horn player in the orchestra, will present the concert.

Another player, first violin Anthony Clarke who is a Bridlington GP, is recommending it to the local community.

“I have played with the Hull Philharmonic since its 125th anniversary in 2006 and regard it as the best orchestra I have ever belonged to,” said Dr Clarke.

“It has a talented group of players including professional music teachers and I hope this is the start of regular visits to the Spa.”

The orchestra is hoping to repeat the success of previous audience request programmes, held at Hull City Hall, in attracting big audiences.

“We are delighted that Callum Smart is joining us in Bridlington for Bruch’s wonderful piece,” said Andrew Penny. “He looks to be on course for fame in the world of music and is the latest in the list of impressive young soloists to have had a platform with us.

“Our supporters have made some interesting choices. There will be some great music and it promises to be a lot of fun, with a few surprises along the way.”

Callum Smart emerged as a bright new talent in 2010 when, at the age of only 13, he won the strings category in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and was the European winner in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Oslo.

He has subsequently played in many European countries and North America and recently made his debut in the Royal Philharmonic Hall in London.

The Hull Philharmonic played at the Spa last June at the Yorkshire International Business Convention and has also played away in the Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton and for special events in York and Leeds

The full programme is: Holst, Jupiter from The Planets; Smetana, Moldau from Ma Vlast; Prokofiev, Dance of the Knights; Bruch, Violin Concerto; Bernstein, Candide Overture; Gounod, Judex from Mors et Vita;Mussorgsky, Great Gate of Kiev; Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre; Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave.

Advance tickets costing from £7.50 to £10 for adults (concessions apply) are available from the box office on 01262 678258 or online atwww.thespabridlington.comandwww.hullphilharmonic.org

Tickets are also available on the door on the night of the concert.