Orchestra to play a spring selection

Todmorden Orchestra has performed a vast amount of music by the great and the good composers over many years, but while it continues to expand, there are always some in the wings who have been left out of the mainstream.

One omission in recent times will be acknowledged with the performance of Bruckner’s 4th Symphony, the “Romantic.”

Well worth the wait, this is a composition of unique beauty and excitement, not without technical challenge for the players.

However after hearing them in rehearsals there is no question they are ready to deliver and delight the Todmorden audience yet again at Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday, March 17, at 7.30pm.

The 4th Symphony has been mired in controversy as musicologists have argued endlessly over authenticity of some sections.

This arose from the various versions that emerged between 1874 and 1892,

The score followed by the orchestra next Saturday is the quite early 1878/80 version.

While the arguments remain over the so-called Bruckner Problem of who wrote what, we can leave the experts to their debate and simply enjoy the music which all agree is one of his most popular works.

The Spring Concert opens with the ever welcome Magic Flute Overture by Mozart.

This is followed by the charming Bassoon Concerto by Weber, played by guest artiste Rosemary Cow.

As well as being a talented musician, Rosemary is also a keen mountaineer, climber, and ski enthusiast.

After studying at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music she has travelled in Europe, North Africa, China and South America as a freelance bassoonist.

Based in London she has also given solo performances with numerous British and Irish orchestras.

Her appearance in Todmorden promises to be an outstanding event and a welcome one as most would agree the bassoon is all too seldom heard as a solo instrument.

The concert will be conducted by Nicholas Concannon Hodges with leader Andrew Rostron.

Tickets are on sale at the door and are also available from the secretary on 01706 817333 or at Todmorden Information Centre, priced at £10 (£8 for concessions and £1 for children under 16).