Harrogate Symphony Orchestra will be returning to the Royal Hall this weekend for their summer concert.

Taking place on Saturday (18th June), the concert is titled ‘Music around the World’ and will feature a performance from international star flautist Anna Noakes.

Anna will play Frenchman Benjamin Godard’s Suite de Trois Morceaux, followed by ‘Tango Stole My Heart’ from Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla.

Conductor Bryan Western told Your Harrogate:

“The summer concert is always something with a bit of a twist, something a little bit different, to try and encourage a different kind of audience – and it seems to have worked, because we always have a full house! 

“The acoustics in the Royal Hall are absolutely fantastic, we love playing there.”

And speaking about soloist Anna Noakes, Bryan added:

“Those people who have been to concerts with Anna before know what kind of a sparkling personality she is.”

The concert will be raising money Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity and will open at 7:30pm on Saturday.

It will feature Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, McCunn’s ‘In the Land of the Mountain and the Flood’, Borodin’s ‘In the Steppes of Central Asia’ and two Slavonic Dances from Dvorak and Brahms’.

Tickets are still available via the HSO website (www.harrogateorchestra.org.uk) and Bryan is hoping it will be another sellout event.

He said:

“We’re hoping for a big turnout on the day and make it a fantastic event, because the audience makes a big difference.”

World premiere of ‘King of the Birds’

Harrogate Symphony Orchestra will be back at Royal Hall on Saturday 23rd July for their ‘Family Fun Time Concert’ featuring the world premiere of ‘King of the Birds.’

The special family-focused concert will have a shorter running time (1hr 15mins) and an earlier start of 6:30pm.

Featured works include:

  • Blake – Nursery Rhyme Overture
  • Western – Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Britten – Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
  • Western/Button – King of the Birds (narrator Sonja Miller) – World Premiere

Find out more about the Family Fun Time Concert and how to get involved here.

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