Classical Fans Know the Score!
By Rob Ten
Tuesday 27 Sep 2011 15:49:00
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Two classic nights ahead at Middlesbrough Town Hall


Classical music fans don't have far to go to catch some fantastic orchestras over the next few months.


Middlesbrough Town Hall has another tempting autumn/winter season ahead, and had a very entertaining taster of what’s to come with a very well received exclusive world premiere last week (15 Sept) of the Middlesbrough Symphony as part of the Transporter Bridge Centenary celebrations.


A specially extended Northern Sinfonia did the colourful symphony and its composer David F. Golightly proud in front of an appreciative audience in the grand setting of the Main Town Hall.


And there's plenty more to look forward to over the coming months, including two tempting nights coming up in the space of a week:


An intimate recital concert with talented cellist Tim Hugh leads the way on Tuesday 27 September, closely followed by a very welcome return for the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday 4 October.


Following his success at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, talented cellist Tim Hugh is enjoying a busy international career as a highly acclaimed soloist.


He has worked and recorded with a host of great conductors, including Gergiev, Previn, Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Rostropovich, Menuhin, Harding, Xavier-Roth, Chung and Tortelier.


Tonight’s recital includes works by Bach (Suites 1 & 6), Britten (Suite No 1) and Tavener (Threnos).


The recital is closely followed a few days later by the welcome return of the world-famous Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday 4 October.


The celebrated orchestra was founded in 1960, and has been thrilling audiences all over the world ever since with its definitive interpretations of the Russian classics.


Tonight’s concert opens with Glinka’s enchanting Waltz Fantasy for Orchestra. Soloist Nikita Borisoglebsky, who is currently making a great impression in European music circles, then takes centre stage to perform Tchaikovsky’s romantic violin concerto.


The concert closes in fine style, with the orchestra performing Mussorgsky’s grandiose Pictures at an Exhibition which, with its enormous orchestral forces, always guarantees a hugely dramatic impact for the audience.


  • Tuesday 27 Sept: Tim Hugh Recital Concert. Middlesbrough Town Hall. Tickets: £8.00 / £6.00 concs – or FREE to subscribers of the Town Hall’s classical music season. Box Office: 01642 729729.
  • Tuesday 4 October: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, with Yuri Botnari (Conductor) and Nikita Borisoglebsky (soloist, violin). Tickets: from £12.50 / £11.50 concs. Family tickets (one adult & two children): from £18.00. Box Office: 01642 729729. 

Other Town Hall dates for your diary include Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (17 November), two welcome returns for Northern Sinfonia (14 December & 6 March), Russian State Philharmonic (9 February) and, looking even further ahead, Berlin Symphony Orchestra (23 May) and the Halle on 13 June.


Further programme information and the Town Hall's Classical brochure can be downloaded at Middlesbrough Entertainment

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