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Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia launch new season this Saturday

An eclectic programme kicks off Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia’s new season this Saturday (Nov 9).

The concert at Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church opens with Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta, an exhilarating virtuoso tour de force for orchestra.

It will be followed by Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No.1, a work rich in melodies providing a perfect showcase for the dramatic and lyrical capabilities of the cello.

Robin Popplewell (20635855)
Robin Popplewell (20635855)

The soloist in the Saint-Saëns piece is Robin Popplewell, an exciting rising star currently on a scholarship to study music at Royal Holloway, part of the prestigious University of London.

Already an experienced recitalist with a busy freelance career, Robin will appear as concerto soloist with the London Mozart Players chamber orchestra later in November.

For the final piece in the show, the orchestra continues its exploration of Beethoven’s symphonies with his Fourth, a personal favourite work of principal conductor Rebecca Miller.

Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia. Picture by Frank Smith (20635853)
Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia. Picture by Frank Smith (20635853)

Concert-goers can enjoy a pre-performance dinner. Brohmon, a pop-up rustic Bengali restaurant, will be serving in the Methodist Church's main hall in South Street from 6pm.

This will be the second time that Karim Ullah and wife Sultana – – who last month launched a home delivery service in Stortford – have teamed up with the Sinfonia.

The community-spirited couple ran a pop-up in support of its May concert and donated the proceeds to the orchestra – a gesture they will be repeating on Saturday.

The concert marks the start of another exciting season for Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia which will include collaborative concerts with Stortford and Barnet choral societies.

Brohmon's Karim and Sultana Ullah. Picture by Alison Jenkins (20637715)
Brohmon's Karim and Sultana Ullah. Picture by Alison Jenkins (20637715)

There will also be performances of two of the best-loved symphonies of all time: Rachmaninoff’s Second and Mozart’s Jupiter.

Tickets to the 7.30pm concert cost £17 for adults and £5 for students and children. To find out more, visit www.bishopsstortfordsinfonia.com.

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