Preview: Havant Symphony Orchestra: Clive Rowe and the contrabassoon

Havant Symphony Orchestra (HSO) returns following an 18-month hiatus with a wonderful offering of classics tonight including Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’, Britten’s seascapes from his opera ‘Peter Grimes’ and the Hummel Trumpet Concerto in E flat played by soloist Zoë Perkins.

Joining HSO for the first time, professional musician Clive Rowe will be playing the contrabassoon. However, Clive’s connection with HSO goes back 45 years to 1976 when at the age of seven he was in the audience listening Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ narrated by the composer’s son Oleg while his grandfather Nigel played bassoon.  Sadly, Nigel died not long after this performance.

A couple of years ago through HSO’s conductor, Jonathan Butcher, the orchestra was able to give Clive a copy of a photograph of his grandfather playing in the orchestra.

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