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Brohmon provides the starter for Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia main course


By Paul Winspear


Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia (9153969)
Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia (9153969)

Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia is spicing up its season finale concert by teaming up with local Indian food business Brohmon.

The orchestra, made up of professional and semi-pro musicians, brings its current season to a close at Bishop’s Stortford College's Memorial Hall on Saturday (May 4) with a showstopper of a programme featuring two much-loved Czechoslovakian works.

Smetana’s captivating and inspired tone poem Vltava tells the story of the River Vltava right from its source all the way to its majestic journey through Prague, and its main theme is one of the most unforgettable in all 19th-century music.

Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony also abounds in wonderful melodies and will bring the concert to a joyous conclusion.

In between, Stravinsky’s Firebird 1919 Suite explores a world of Russian fairy-tale magic, its epic score showcasing a dazzling display of orchestral colour.

The concert will be conducted by the orchestra’s principal conductor, Rebecca Miller.

This is a change from the originally advertised programme, as due to unforeseen circumstances it is now not possible to perform the Ethel Smyth Serenade. The orchestra hopes to perform this wonderful little-known work next season.

In a new venture, the Sinfonia is offering audience members pre-concert dinner.

From 6pm onwards, Stortford company Brohmon will be providing delicious, authentic Indian food in the College’s Ferguson Lecture Theatre, right next door to the Memorial Hall concert venue.

It will cost just £6, and is suitable for vegans. It is hoped many of the audience will make a night of it by joining the orchestra for dinner before the concert.

Sinfonia artistic director and flautist Simon Gilliver said: "It will be a lovely opportunity for the audience to meet more of the orchestra, many of whom will no doubt be taking advantage of the delicious food on offer!

"Any proceeds raised will go to support the work of Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia, thanks to the generous support of Brohmon."

* The concert takes place in the Memorial Hall at Bishop's Stortford College in Maze Green Road on Saturday May 4 and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £17 (£15 if bought online by midnight on May 1), students £5, under-18s free. They will be available on the door.



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