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The ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA at The Hawth

Saturday 16 April 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley

Yang Xuefei 2011  photo credit Neil Muir

Yang Xuefei 2011
photo credit Neil Muir

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to The Hawth this April with conductor Ben Gernon and guitarist Xuefei Yang. Audiences will be treated to music from three popular composers. Beginning the evening is a piece composed by Wagner as a love letter to his new domestic bliss; Siegfried Idyll was first performed on the stairs of his home to wake his beloved wife. From German Romanticism to Spanish dance rhythms, the Orchestra will then enthral audiences with a performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjeuz.

The highlight of the evening is Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, ‘Erioca’, the first great symphony to have captured the Romantic imagination. With the breathtaking sweep of the opening movement being counterbalanced by a vast funeral march of nerve-shredding intensity, this piece truly embodies an heroic spirit.

Prior to the performance, there will be a Pre-Concert Talk with music writer and lecturer Terry Barfoot. Terry will offer an entertaining and informative introduction to Beethoven’s Symphony at 6.30pm in the Theatre.

To really make an evening of it, a special three course waitress-served meal is available from 5pm in the Spotlight restaurant. Please book in advance at the Box Office to avoid disappointment.

Tickets for the concert are£31.50, the Pre-Concert talk is £4 and the Three Course Meal in the Spotlight Restaurant is £24 per person. All these can be booked with The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or by visiting www.hawth.co.uk.

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