Birthday celebrations went with a bang last Saturday as the cannons of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture marked the climax of Todmorden Orchestra’s centenary celebrations.
Church bells rang as the Town Hall’s capacity audience was treated to an eclectic mix of celebratory music.
A high point was the return of local violinist Martyn Jackson who was an orchestra member in his teens and has gone on to stardom as a soloist on the international stage.
Martyn played the Bruch violin concerto, then took his place in the ranks for the rest of the concert as well as the party afterwards.
Lawrence Killian’s “A Celebration for Orchestra”, specially written for the occasion, was given its world premiere complete with party poppers
Two stalwart members, Ann Davies and Heather Hudson, were presented with engraved glass commemorative plaques and flowers.
In attendance were the Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, as well as the Mayors of Todmorden, Steph Booth, and the Mayor of Calderdale, Lisa Lambert.
Todmorden in Bloom were resopnsible for the floral displays and the Seventy-Two restaurant, Burnley Road, Todmorden, baked celebration cakes.
The evening concluded with a party in the Town Hall for the orchestra and friends.
The cake was cut by Nicholas Concannon-Hodges and chairman John Moorhouse.
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