Beautiful English music

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The Sussex Symphony Orchestra will be launching their 2014 concert series at Hove Town Hall on Saturday, March 1, at 7.30pm.

In a programme of all English music the orchestra will be performing Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Walton’s Viola concerto with soloist Ros Hanson-Laurent (the orchestra’s lead viola player).

The concert will start with ‘The Banks of Green Willow’ by George Butterworth, which was chosen in an online poll last month.

Despite the financial climate the Sussex Symphony Orchestra is growing from strength to strength.

In 2012 Nigel Kennedy agreed to become the orchestra’s president and last year the Arts Council of England funded a series of commissions by local composers to write music to celebrate the orchestra’s 20th anniversary.

During 2014 the orchestra will be ‘resident’ at Hove Town Hall and will be performing concerts throughout the year (May 24, September 13 and December 6).

Tickets cost £15 (adults), £12 (concessions) and £5 (children and students with an NUS card). Tickets from, 01273 415384, the Dome box office on 01273 709709 or on the door.