Pearl’s Stamina: two concerts this October in Romsey Abbey

Dame Pearl Mace from Southampton (pictured) had her ninetieth birthday last month. In her career as a teacher she showed thousands of youngsters how to play the violin. She also founded a musical dynasty. Her son Michael is a well-respected ‘cellist who tutors Army bandsmen on the instrument. Her grandchildren are musical too.

Pearl is also famed for her stamina. She and ten other musicians will be rehearsing and performing for something in the order of ten hours as they play two blockbuster concerts in this month at Romsey Abbey. Pearl will take her place among the first violins. Younger musicians freely admit that they would love to have Pearl’s staying power.

Players from the Havant Symphony, the Portsmouth Philharmonia, the Meon Valley and many other ensembles besides will take their places in the Southampton Concert Orchestra and the Charity Symphony Orchestra to perform several challenging, but well-known works.

On Saturday 13th October the Southampton Concert Orchestra will play a great programme including The Planets by Gustav Holst, Gustav Mahler’s Rucket-Lieder and Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome. The conductor is Paul Ingram.

On Saturday the 27th October the same players will appear with the Charity Symphony Orchestra performing Anton Bruckner’s Symphony number 8 plus Richard Wagner’s overture the Flying Dutchman as well as his Good Friday Music from the opera Parsifal. Craig Lawton will conduct the CSO which is raising money for Leukaemia Busters, a very worthy charity.

Tickets can be obtained on line via or from the Romsey Visitor Centre on 01794 512987.

Stuart Reed

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