Town Hall Takes a Bow!
By Rob Ten
Wednesday 10 Feb 2010 12:24:00
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One of Europe’s finest orchestras and rising classical star head for Boro


One of Europe’s finest orchestras – who provided the backing for opera sensation Paul Potts latest album – are joining forces with dynamic young British violinist and rising classical star Charlie Siem at what looks set to be an inspirational night at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Monday 15 February.


The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) are considered to be one of the Czech Republic’s great orchestras - and also provided the musical backing for Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts’ second album ‘Passione’ released last summer.


Proving that classical music can appeal to everyone, the former mobile phone salesman shot to overnight fame after winning the ITV smash hit show and appearing on the Royal Variety Performance.


He’s since sold over 3.5million albums worldwide, topping the charts in 15 countries, and has had over 74 million views on YouTube.


Describing the CNSO on his own official website, Paul said: “It was great to work with another fantastic orchestra, some amazing people. They have a lovely rich sound to them, and they helped me create a beautiful album.”


Based primarily at Prague’s beautiful Smetana Hall, the CNSO’s shows in Prague and throughout the rest of the world are always hugely-in demand – and they’re coming to Middlesbrough directly from a residency at London’s Cadogan Hall, where they’ve been delighting audiences during London’s Czech Music Festival.


They are being joined on tour by dynamic British violin soloist Charlie Siem – who is set for his own major-label release in 2010 after his critically acclaimed debut CD received widespread airplay on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.


Originally inspired by the legendary Yehudi Menuhin, the 23-yr-old Londoner now plays one of Menuhin’s favourite violins.


charlie siem

Despite his young age, Charlie is rated as one of the rising stars of classical music, and has already appeared with leading orchestras all over the world including The Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Israel Camerata, Bergen Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Vilnius, Petros Sinfonica Brazil and the Moscow Philharmonic.

He also performed with dancers from the Royal Ballet at London’s Royal Opera House and the National Stadium in Havana last summer.


Away from the classical stage, Charlie is also making a splash on the international fashion pages, having appeared in the Italian edition of Vogue photographed by Bryan Adams, and even played alongside the Canadian rocker at the Royal Albert Hall.


Now, led by conductor Petr Altrichter, the Middlesbrough show features Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No 8, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1, and Dvorak’s Symphony No 9.


Laura Hannaway from Middlesbrough Town Hall said: “This looks like it’s going to be an amazing night. It’s great that we have one of Europe’s best orchestras coming to the Town Hall.


“People like Paul Potts and TV shows like Popstar to Operastar show that classical music can appeal to everyone and bring people together from all walks of life – just think of Pavarotti’s Nessun Dorma in Italia ’90.


“To make another footballing comparison; if anyone’s never been to a classical concert before, then coming along to this show would be like going to a World Cup game for your first ever match. Something you’ll remember forever.”


Schubert’s haunting Unfinished Symphony is one of the most popular works with audiences the world over. Max Bruch’s deeply romantic 1st Violin Concerto is equally popular, while Dvorak’s much-loved symphony No 9 is one of the most popular symphonies ever composed.


  • Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Petr Altrichter and soloist Charlie Siem: Schubert (Unfinished Symphony, No 8), Bruch (Violin Concerto No 1), Dvorak (Symphony No 9). Middlesbrough Town Hall, Monday 15 February. Doors: 7pm. Show begins: 7.45pm. Tickets: from £11.00. Conc: £10. Box Office: 01642 729729.

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