Feb 09, 2016
Coast and city classics in orchestra’s weekend double

Music lovers in Hull and East Yorkshire will get the chance to hear three great classics and celebrate the young stars of the future in one packed weekend.

Hull Philharmonic Orchestra will play the three top pieces voted for by its audience in Classics in the City at Hull City Hall on February 27 (7.30pm).

The following afternoon, the orchestra will be at the Spa Bridlington in Coastal Classics featuring two former East Riding Young Musicians of the Year, Milly Smith and Harry Kneeshaw.

The ‘audience choice’ programme in Hull is a forerunner of a similar event for Hull City of Culture 2017.

The audience’s top three are: Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, The Pathetique Symphony by Tchaikovsky and Mozart’s D Minor Piano Concerto, the latter featuring Bradford-born soloist Richard Uttley, described by national reviewers as a wonderful young pianist.

Organisers are hoping to repeat the success of previous request programmes in attracting big audiences.

“We’ve had some very interesting and varied choices previously, covering the classics to modern music, in a selection of short pieces,” said musical director Andrew Penny.

“This time we wanted longer works as the basis for a more typical concert programme and are very happy with the audience’s response.

“These are three great composers and we will be playing three of their definitive works.

“The concert also marks the revival of our partnership with the University of Hull. We are building the relationship and are pleased to have already recruited several young and talented new members”.

In Bridlington, Milly Smith, who has become principal flautist with the National Children’s Orchestra at the age of 12, will play a special arrangement of Francis Poulenc’s Flute Concerto, commissioned by ‘the man with the golden flute’, Sir James Galway.

Violinist Harry Kneeshaw, who has graduated to the National Youth Orchestra, will play the lively Hejre Kati, which Hungarian composer Jeno Hubay based on gypsy music.

Mr Penny said: said: “We’re pleased to be giving a stage to these promising musicians who have the potential for long and successful careers. The fact that they are ready to take on two such challenging and interesting pieces speaks volumes for their ability and confidence.”

The Coastal Classics programme (February 28, 3pm) will also feature the Hebrides Overture and The Pathetique Symphony.

In Hull, there will be a free pre-concert Meet the Artist event for ticket holders, starting at 6.30pm, when Richard Uttley, who gained a double first in music from Clare College, Cambridge, will talk about his career with Andrew Penny.

Concert tickets, costing from £8 to £27 (discounts available), are available fromwww.hullphilharmonic.orgor the Hull City Hall box office, 01482 300300.

For Bridlington, tickets from £12.50 are available through www.hullphilharmonic.org thespabridlington.comor 01262 678258