Martyn’s back for orchestra’s autumn show

Martyn Jackson
Martyn Jackson

Todmorden Orchestra will launch its new season with an all Russian medley - and an appearance by a special guest.

Autumn heralds the time of year when the orchestra musicians take up their instruments again after the summer break and begin preparations for their seasonal showcase.

The concert, which will be held at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday, November 9, at 7.30pm, features works by some of Russia’s most famous composers.

The programme includes “Marche Slave” by Tchaikovsky, Prokoviev’s “Violin Concerto No.2” and Rachmaninov’s “Symphony No.1”.

The orchestra will be joined by violinist Martyn Jackson.

Martyn has strong Calder Valley roots, being a former Calder High student and a member of Todmorden Orchestra in his younger days.

Orchestra spokesman Bill Hunter said: “Making a welcome return appearance is Martyn Jackson, who is now well on the way to stardom on the national and international scene.”

Tickets for the concert are priced £10 (£8 for concessions and £1 for children under 16).

They are available from the orchestra secretary on 01706 817333 or at Todmorden Information Centre.

But before the curtain call, the orchestra is holding its regular bric-a-brac event at Central Methodist Church, Todmorden, on Saturday, November 2, from 10am.