Star back home to take solo role in orchestra’s autumn concert

Soloist Martyn Jackson will appear with Todmorden Orchestra
Soloist Martyn Jackson will appear with Todmorden Orchestra

All the great composers display unique signatures in their music.

From Russia, against the background of her turbulent history, they produced a brilliant kaleidoscope of compositions.

At the first concert of the new season Todmorden Orchestra presents an all-Russian programme taken from the works of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov.

The quintessentially English venue is Todmorden Town Hall on Saturday, November 9, at 7.30 pm.

Concert soloist Martyn Jackson needs no introduction to a Todmorden audience, coming as he does from the local area.

First emerging as a schoolboy player in the orchestra, he is now a high-flying professional violinist with an international reputation.

Among his achievements in the UK alone are frequent appearances as Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster in the London Symphony Orchestra.

From Martyn’s extensive repertoire he will display his own signature in a predictably bravura display of Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No 2, recognised as among the most exciting and demanding pieces in the genre.

Just one of the delightful contrasts in the work is the second movement with its gentle evocative theme.

The concerto is followed by the mighty Rachmaninov Symphony No 1.

In the recent surroundings of a Morrisons bag-packing outing to help with orchestra funds, one of our players was heard discussing the symphony with a shopper who hopefully will be in the audience.

The adjectives that floated above the bustle of the supermarket included descriptions of the symphony as “romantic, majestic, atmospheric, thrilling and spell-binding.”

An Autumn bargain, she might have added.

The all-Russian event opens on Saturday with the familiar Marche Slave.

The initial funereal theme moves on to a breath-taking finale that would exhaust the fittest of Cossack dancers.

Saturday’s Todmorden Orchestra concert is conducted by Nicholas Concannon-Hodges, with Leader Andrew Rostron.

You can get tickets for the performance in advance or any unsold seats on the night.

The tickets are priced at £10, concessionary rates £8, and children under sixteen £1.

They are on sale at Todmorden Information Centre, at the Town Hall door on the night or by telephoning 01706 817333 to book.