World premiere at night of British music

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Todmorden Orchestra’s Diamond Jubilee Concert next Saturday, June 23, will stage a marvellous musical medley, made in Britain and guaranteed to deliver a fabulous night of entertainment.

The expected capacity audience can expect patriotism, fun, and nostalgia, joined by three composers for “live” performances of their own music, one a world premiere.

The concert begins at 7.30 pm in Todmorden Town Hall, Todmorden’s musical hub in the reign of no less than six monarchs since 1875. It gets off to a flying start with Walton’s stirring Crown Imperial March, followed by Elgar’s Nursery Suite. composed in 1931, for the Royal Princesses.

Another entertaining item was written by Leeds-born Alan Hawkshaw, one of the international greats in modern music and music-making, Most know the familiar excerpt from his TV Channel 4 News theme, but like the composer have seldom heard it in full.

The second composer Christopher Irvin has written a delightful ‘Summer Serenade’ and will also be in the hall to hear it performed for the first time.

Contributions from the third contributor Lawrence Killian, who plays the trumpet in the orchestra’s wind section, will include a repeat of his widely admired Ted Hughes Suite, and his orchestral arrangements of Jerusalem and The National Anthem.

Add music which includes Purcell’s Trumpet Tune and Air, along with old favourites like Derby Day, Westminster Waltz, Sleepy Lagoon, Orb and Sceptre, Coronation Scot, Pomp and Circumstance, and you have an extragavanza that Todmorden can be proud of in a fitting tribute to Elizabeth II.

The conductor is Nicholas Concannon Hodges and orchestra leader Andrew Rostron.

The event has been boosted with a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

Orchestra Chairman John Moorhouse commented: ”It would not have been possible on such a spectacular scale without the Foundation’s support. We are extremely grateful for the contribution they have given.”

Tickets for the Jubilee Concert will be on sale at the door, or beforehand at Todmorden Information Centre, Burnley Road, or from the orchestra secretary on 01706 817333.

Charges are £10 and £8 for concessions, children under 16 can get in for just £1.