Classical season at Queen's

Joseph Bulmer

WORLD class musicians will be arriving in North Devon to take part in the new Classical Season at The Queen s Theatre. These musicians are usually seen in large concert halls in big cities, but the popular and critically acclaimed Classical Season at the

WORLD class musicians will be arriving in North Devon to take part in the new Classical Season at The Queen's Theatre.

These musicians are usually seen in large concert halls in big cities, but the popular and critically acclaimed Classical Season at the Queen's gives local audiences the chance to see international classical music stars perform right on their doorstep for a fraction of the price.

Alan Giddings, chief executive of North Devon Theatres, said: "It is a joy and a privilege to continue to welcome these talented musicians to the Queen's.

"It means that yet again people here do not have to travel miles and spend a fortune in the process to experience classical music at its very best."

A special rate of �5 will be charged for people aged 16 and under.

The 2010/2011 season opens on Friday, September 17 with the internationally acclaimed Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Libor Pesek presents an exceptional programme of romantic masterpieces, with violin soloist Jacob Junek.

Then, on Friday, October 8, Imogen Cooper, one of the greatest living classical pianists. comes to the Queen's. The programme for the evening includes Schumann's Fantasiestucke and Humoresque as well as Debussy's Preludes. The concert is a Dartington Young Musicians' Support event.

The Piatti Quartet, rapidly emerging as one of the UK's leading young string quartets, visit the Queen's Theatre on Friday, November 26, fresh from winning the esteemed Tunnell Trust Award.

Sinfonia Classica welcome piano soloist Nikolai Demidenko on Wednesday, March 9, 2011. The highly regarded musician is used to giving recitals across the UK, Europe and Russia and has recently appeared as a soloist with the Halle and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The Queen's Theatre resident orchestra, Sinfonia Classica then welcomes master of the recorder, Michela Petri on t January 20. The Danish prodigy has been wowing audiences with her mastery of the instrument since her debut at the Tivoli Concert Hall in 1969. The programme includes Vivaldi's Concerto in C for sopranino and Bartok's Romanian Dances.

The 2010/2011 programme is closed by Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick, the Coull Quartet on Wednesday, April 20.

The highly acclaimed quartet performs and broadcasts globally and is joined for this particular performance by one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage, Raphael Wallfisch. The programme features Haydn's Quartet Op.33 No.5 Bird and Schubert's Quintet in C D.956.

Tickets are on sale now and range from �24 to �14.50 with concessions available and �5 for all under 16s.. If all the concerts tempt you, join the Classical Circle and save money by booking all six shows. Call the Box Office on (01271) 32 42 42.

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