Mozart favourite played in full

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Classic FM listeners regularly select movements from Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto as one of their favourite requests.

The piece is sure of an equally enthusastic response from the local audience when it is played in full on Saturday, March 19, by Todmorden Orchestra. The concert, at Todmorden Town Hall (7.30 pm), also features Schubert’s Rosamunde, ending with Brahms’ 1st Symphony.

The soloists in the Concerto are both highly talented professionals, certain to give an outstanding and memorable performance. For many, including those Classic FM fans, the second movement, Andantino, ranks as one of the most outstanding and beautiful in the classical music genre.

Flautist Charlotte Walls currently enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance player and teacher. She plays regularly as a concerto soloist and recital player in many parts of the country.

Award-winning harpist Louise Thomson is a versatile and experienced musician who has performed on BBC Radio 3 and BBC1 Television. Among her successes in competition she was selected as winner of the Harp Finals at the world-renowned Royal National Eisteddfod in Wales.

In addition to solo playing she has also performed with top orchestras including The Halle, Manchester Concert Camerata and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Schubert’s varied and lively Rosamunde Overture, was written for the failed musical melodrama Zauberharfe (The Magic Flute) staged in 1819. Fortunately the music survived under the better known title it retains to the present day.

Johannes Brahms, the leading 19th Century German composer, was so over-awed by the great Beethoven it took him 30 years to complete his first Symphony. When the Symphony No 1 was eventually played in 1876 it was hailed as an immediate success and has never lost its popularity,

Tickets for the Spring Concert are on sale at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, from the orchestra secretary by telephoning 01706 817333 or at the Town Hall door on the night. Charges are £10 and £8 for concessions, children under 16 pay £1.