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Pianist Stephen Smithers to perform at Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra concert paying tribute to NHS heroes at Saffron Hall on November 27

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The Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to NHS heroes at a concert at Saffron Hall later this month.

The performance, on Saturday November 27, will feature pianist and former Bishop's Stortford College student Stephen Smithers, who is joining the orchestra to play Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2. Stephen has given numerous performances locally and in the Nottingham area while studying at university there.

The piece established Rachmaninov as a concerto composer and it has been used in numerous films, including David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945) and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter (2010). It continues to be one of his most endearing and popular pieces.

Pianist Stephen Smithers (53007148)
Pianist Stephen Smithers (53007148)

The concert, which is raising funds for The Princess Alexandra Hospital Charity, will start with Der Trommler, a new commission and world premiere composed by Jacob Bride.

It is a dramatic overture inspired by Michael Sandle's huge, ominous and foreboding bronze sculpture of a drummer which was cast in 1987 and is exhibited in the Tate in London.

Philip Glass' fascinating Heroes Symphony closes the concert. Its six movements are symphonic reworkings of themes of David Bowie's 1977 album "Heroes", which he recorded in collaboration with former Roxy Music member Brian Eno.

Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra (53007146)
Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra (53007146)

The concert on Saturday November 27 at the Saffron Walden venue, in Audley End Road, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £17 and £20 for adults and £5 for under-25s, can be bought online at www.saffronhall.com or by calling the Saffron Hall box office on 0845 548 7650.

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