Northern Lights feature in Hillingdon Philharmonic concert

Hillingdon Times: Full-blooded: a rare chance to see a full orchestra playing in Hillingdon Full-blooded: a rare chance to see a full orchestra playing in Hillingdon

HILLINGDON Philharmonic Orchestra’s spring concert will take place on Saturday, February 16 at All Saints Church, Ryefield Avenue.

Northern Lights will include orchestral favourites from Northern Europe, focusing particularly on the music of popular Scandinavian composers, such as Grieg and Sibelius.

The concert will open with a glorious sunrise, as depicted in Neilsen’s Helios Overture, before continuing with Mendelssohn’s triumphant Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Land of the Mountain and the Flood, MacCunn’s paean to the Scottish landscape.

The performance, part of the orchestra’s 27th season, will conclude with the energetic folk rhythms of Grieg’s Norwegian Dances.

“Our aim is to help people discover and enjoy beautiful music,” said David Iggulden, publicity manager and violinist with the group.

“We’re always looking for different things to play – to branch out – and our spring programme reflects this.

“Anyone can come along. It’s a concert that will appeal right across the board."

With more than 60 registered members, the ensemble has played numerous concerts in Hillingdon, as well as at some of London’s most prestigious venues, including the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Southwark Cathedral.

In July 2011, it celebrated a quarter of a century of music-making at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square.

The spring concert affords Hillingdon people the opportunity to see a full orchestra, at a reasonable price, without having to travel to central London.

Northern Lights will be led by Catherine Lindley and conducted by the Philharmonic’s founder, Peter J. Williams.

Tickets (adults £10, concessions £8, children 11–16 £5, under 11s FOC) are available from Pro Music International (Tel. 01895 674223) or on the door.

See www.hillingdonphil.btck.co.uk for further details.

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