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24th March 2018

Nicholai - Merry Wives of Windsor Overture
Reinecke - Flute Concerto in D Major Op 283
Soloist Jane Pembleton-Smyth
Brahms - Symphony No.3 in F major Op 90


Southport Orchestra recently presented its first concert of the 2018 season to a capacity audience at St. John's Church, Birkdale. Under the baton of their resident conductor Jeff Rimmer and led by their principal violinist Melanie Foster the 65-strong orchestra featured three classical pieces of music composed by Otto Nicolai (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Carl Reinecke (Flute Concerto in D Major Op 283) and Johannes Brahms (Symphony No. 3 in F Major Op 90).

Aimed at pleasing the tastes and preferences of a wide audience of classical music lovers the programme was clearly well received, beginning with The Merry Wives of Windsor featuring the overture to a three-act opera based upon Shakespeare's comic play. A highlight for many was the Flute Concerto, brilliantly performed by the orchestra's very own leader of the flute section Jane Pembleton-Smyth. Set in three intricate movements Jane astounded the audience by impeccably playing the whole concerto from memory! Brahms' Symphony No. 3 is a challenging piece of music for any orchestra, demanding a high standard of musicianship from everyone involved. Southport Orchestra rose to the challenge and the result was a superbly crafted performance of all four movements, thrilling both audience and players alike.

Southport Orchestra's next performance will be a Broadway Spectacular at The Floral Hall, located in the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Southport's Promenade, on Sunday 22nd July 2018 commencing at 2.30 pm. Tickets are now available at the box office and online. Both the timing and content of this concert are aimed at an all-age audience featuring a selection of music from such classics as Gypsy, West Side Story, Chicago and Les Miserables whilst starring a number of solo performers and the 80-strong Woodlands Junior Choir from Formby who last performed with the orchestra in 2016.

Why not bring the family along and join with the Orchestra as they let their hair down at this fabulous summer concert?