Acclaimed cellist Stephanie Tress joins the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra for a special Celebration of British Music on Sunday from 7.30pm at the Blackpool Sixth Form College Theatre.
Stephanie has previously performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the West Forest Symphony Orchestra and she will play the Dvorak Concerto with the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra in April next year.
She is currently studying with Nicholas Trygstad on the prestigious Joint Course at Manchester University (where she is an academic prize winner) and the Royal Northern College of Music.
Helen Harrison, music director and conductor of the Blackpool orchestra, commented: “We are really looking forward to playing with Stephanie. Everyone in the orchestra is looking forward to working with an up and coming cellist of such high calibre.
“Playing the Elgar Cello Concerto is always a very special experience for the soloist and the orchestra. It’s a real favourite for the audience and the players and it is not surprising given it is such a fantastic work.”
Helen continued: “We really wanted to showcase the best of British music in this historic year for Britain. We know that the excitement of the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee may now seem a long time ago but we wanted to say goodbye to 2012 with a truly British musical flourish.
“We open with Malcolm Arnold’s wild and tuneful Scottish Dances which includes a superb drunken bassoon solo among lots of rousing tunes from Scotland. After closing the first half of the concert with Elgar’s cello concerto we conclude the evening with Elgar’s masterpiece The Enigma Variations which understandably secured his reputation as a composer.”
Chairman Russell Beaumont added: “It’s a real pleasure for the orchestra to play these iconic pieces of British music. The works of Malcolm Arnold are far too infrequently played and I’m sure our audience will be excited by the tunes, the drama and the comedy of his Scottish Dances. The two Elgar works are well loved and are full of passion and emotion.
“Our new music director and conductor has brought fresh energy and direction to the orchestra.
“As a result over the past year we have begun to expand our work in the community – this is really important to us as we believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience classical music here in Blackpool.
“We are pleased to announce we are running a schools outreach project in March 2013 with Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School in Blackpool.”
There’s plenty of free parking and tickets are available for £7 adults with free entry for under 19s.
For tickets contact www.blackpoolsymphony.co.uk or call (01253) 351020.