Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is performing its annual summer concert at St Nicholas’ Chapel King’s Lynn on Sunday 24th June. Following a very successful 2017/2018 season they are bringing a light-hearted afternoon of music to the Chapel and also an opportunity for the audience to meet with the players and Phillip Hesketh musical director. The concert, which starts at 3.30pm, will feature works by Mozart and Dvorak, with 4 of the orchestra’s principal wind players taking centre stage as soloists in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds; they are James Fletcher, oboe: Karen Verrechia, Clarinet: Sylvia Newton Bassoon and Martin Childs French Horn.
James Fletcher is an oboist, pianist, and arts administrator from Cambridgeshire. He was awarded a scholarship to study oboe at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2013 where he trained with Melinda Maxwell, and baroque oboe with Gail Hennessy. James later studied with Karel Schoofs at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in 2015.
Karen Verrechia joined the army just before her 18th birthday, having auditioned for a place in the Staff Band of the Women’s Royal Army Corps which at that time was the only all women’s military band in Europe. Here she stayed for 6 years during which time she had the privilege of spending a year at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall and played with some of the finest musicians in the Army, RAF and Marines all over the UK and abroad including Hong Kong, Cyprus and Germany.
Sylvia Newton is originally from King’s Lynn and has a long history of music connected with the town. She started playing the bassoon when she was 12 and then went onto study for a degree in Music at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where she studied the bassoon with Ian Cuthill. Following her music degree she went on to train to be a secondary school music teacher at Kingston University. Sylvia has played bassoon concertos both at university and with local orchestras and is well known across Norfolk as she is very active in the music education and performance scene.
Martin Childs studied music at Colchester Institute primarily with Adrian Leaper and then Chris Larkin and more recently has been taught by the world-famous horn player, Tony Halstead; Martin is a member of the Tony Halstead Horn Ensemble. He has played with the East Anglian Chamber Orchestra where he performed the Weber Concertino for hand horn conducted by Anthony Halstead. With the Wolsey Orchestra at Ipswich and the NSO he has played the obligato solo horn in the mammoth Mahler Symphony no.5. He has also played with the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra in the world-famous Royal Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam.
The concert will conclude with a performance of Dvorak’s 8th Symphony which is cheery and lyrical and draws its inspiration from the Bohemian folk music that Dvořák loved. Along with the Seventh and the Ninth Symphonies, this symphony is considered to be one of Dvořák’s major achievements and will be a wonderful way to celebrate the end of this music season by the NSO.
Tickets to this concert are free for those who are in the ‘Friends of the NSO’ Scheme, and priced at £10 for the general public. As always tickets for young concert goers who are under 18 are free (3 free per ticket paying adult). Tickets are available on the door or at the box office on 01553 764864 or on line using the link https://www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/opera-classical/nso-summer-concert/
Looking ahead to next season for which rehearsals begin in September, the Orchestra has very exciting works in its 2018/19 programme including Beethoven’s 9th with the Kings’ Lynn Festival Chorus and soloists from English National Opera, Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances and Vaughan Williams, 5th Symphony. Keep an eye out press releases in the autumn for more details on the season as a whole or you can go to the orchestra’s website www.nso-uk.co.uk