LMO Thelma Handy

Crosby Symphony Orchestra: The Best of Seconds


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Shostakovich Festival Overture
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
Crosby Symphony Orchestra
Thelma Handy violin soloist
Juan Ortuño conductor

Thelma Handy was appointed joint leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 and has appeared as a soloist with them on many occasions. She is one of Crosby Symphony Orchestra’s favourite artists, and this will be her fifth violin concerto with the orchestra.

The concert starts with Shostakovich’s famous Festival Overture. Astonishingly written in just three days, it is a veritable tour de force of frenetic optimism. By contrast, Prokofiev’s second Violin Concerto presents almost the entire scope of human emotion, from expansive sensual tunes to wildly unsettling passages of raw terror. There is no let-up in Rachmaninov’s second symphony either. Richly orchestrated with some of the most unforgettable tunes in the orchestral repertoire, it is surely one of the most popular classical pieces of all time.

The Crosby Symphony Orchestra

The Crosby Orchestral Society is a registered charity, one of whose objects is to develop and maintain public appreciation of music through the presentation of public concerts and recitals. Under its auspices the Crosby Symphony Orchestra gives four or five full orchestral concerts each season in the Liverpool area or farther afield. It also stages smaller scale recitals and accompanies choral singing.

The orchestra was founded in 1942 by a small group of like-minded amateurs and has grown over the years to a membership of about 60. Members come from a broad range of backgrounds and a relatively wide area, extending from mid Lancashire in the north to mid Cheshire in the south.

The orchestra's repertoire is also broad; from Mozart to Mahler, Beethoven to Bernstein and many more beyond and between. Pieces have been written especially for the orchestra, including an overture to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary.

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Concessions for Crosby Symphony Orchestra concerts at The Tung Auditorium: under 18's and full-time students

Access seats are available to visitors with additional access requirements such as wheelchair users. Sign-up to the access scheme to book these seats.

This performance is not likely to be suitable for children under 5 due to the acoustics in the auditorium. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Under-10’s are not permitted to sit on the balconies.

Please note no food or drink other than bottled water is permitted in The Tung Auditorium.

This concert will finish at approximately 4.30pm and include an interval.