Composers will be present to hear their music played

A trio of composers including an international celebrity in the music world, will be at Todmorden Orchestra’s Diamond Jubilee Concert next Saturday, June 23, to hear a live performance of their various works.

They are Leeds-based Alan Hawkshaw, Christopher Irvin who lives near Hebden Bridge and Lawrence Killian who plays in the orchestra wind section.

Spanning a career of over 40 years Alan Hawkshaw has written the music for over 35 films and countless TV programmes including The Channel 4 News Theme which will be performed by the orchestra.

Described as one of the UK’s most prestigious composers he has worked over the years with scores of international artistes and played in a number of world famous groups, all detailed in his recent autobiography The Champ.

He said: “One of the few occasions I have heard The Channel 4 News Theme live and in full was at Leeds College of Music. am looking forward to hearing it again in Todmorden.”

Christopher Irvin is a professional actor which inspired him to write music for many theatrical productions including Shakespeare plays, local pantomimes and orchestras all over the UK.

He has also been a popular composer in the local area. Christopher enjoys writing light music and songs. Surprisingly he will be hearing the world premiere of Summer Serenade for the first time when it is performed next Saturday.

He explained: “I send my handwritten music it away for setting so I’m looking forward to listening as the piece is performed. I hope the audience likes it.”

The programme will include a repeat of the Ted Hughes Suite, by Lawrence Killian along with his orchestral arrangements of Jerusalem, The National Anthem and the Trumpet Tune and Air by Purcell. These are further examples of a prolific output which has established his reputation as a composer in local and national circles. To date Lawrence has had two of his works published and his First Symphony has been broadcast on Classic FM.