The Solent Symphony Orchestra will be performing its spring concert at St Thomas’s Cathedral on Saturday 7 March and would normally be looking forward to welcoming the Concerto prize winner from the Portsmouth Music Festival as its soloist.
However, on this occasion there has been a change of plan owing to a clash: pianist Thomas Luke, who was selected from the city’s 2019 Music Festival, has recently won through to the piano finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year which are being held on the same weekend as the SSO concert at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. As well as filming the actual competition, Thomas will be filmed and interviewed prior to this, all of which will be televised at a later date.
This is a fabulous achievement by this young Isle of Wight pianist and the Orchestra wishes him every success and looks forward to working with him later in the year when he will be the soloist in its October concert.
The Spring concert will now feature soprano Lucy Cronin, who had been booked to perform in October. She will perform the beautiful second series of Songs from the Auvergne by Canteloube, which are often aired on Classic FM.
Along with Beethoven’s Leonore No 3 Overture and Brahms Symphony No 3, this is a concert not to be missed, so please support Portsmouth’s own symphony orchestra by coming along.
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