Take time out of life with rich programme of music

GABRIEL Faure the French composer once wrote that music exists to elevate us as far as possible above everyday life.

You can prove him right by joining Tomorden Orchestra in their Autumn Concert next Saturday, November 12, at Todmorden Town Hall (7.30 pm). It promises to be an uplifting experience, conducted by Nicholas Concannon Hodges, with leader Andrew Rostron, writes Bill Hunter.

There are four items in the programme starting with the popular Vltava, one of the best-known symphonic poems from Smetana’s Ma Vlast. The music will glide you over gentle rippling expanses of the mighty Vltava river as it flows through Prague and the Czech Republic.

Scottish trumpeter Brian McGinley, who has rapidly acquired a reputation as one of the most gifted trumpeters of his generation, will follow on with a classic melodic “virtuoso showpiece” by Armenian composer, Arutunian.

The Ballet Suite 4 by Shostakovitch, was written during the Stalin years of brutal suppression.

Before returning to Faure’s “everyday life” concertgoers can savour a final highlight with a musical panorama of the sights and sounds from Old London Town, depicted by Vaughan Williams in his London Symphony.

Tickets will be on sale at the hall door, Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, or the orchestra secretary on 01706 817333. Charges are £10 and £8 for concessions, children under 16 £1.