Orchestra starts new season at church show

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Sussex Symphony Orchestra opens its 20th anniversary season at Bishop Hannington Church, Hove on Saturday, January 26 at 7.30pm for a concert in support of the Martlets Hospice.

The concert will include the first performance of a new work for string orchestra and solo cello by composer Peter Copley commissioned by the orchestra to mark its 20th anniversary. The soloist will be the orchestra’s principal cellist, Siriol Hugh-Jones.

The programme will also include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola (soloists - Nicola Bates (violin) and Rosalind Hanson (viola)), Kalinnikov’s Chanson Triste and Britten’s Simple Symphony.

A spokesman said: “Britten’s Simple Symphony is a very early work, based on eight themes he wrote during his childhood, and dates from 1934 when the composer was only 21.

“Like the Tchaikovsky Serenade it, too, has four movements – Boisterous Bourre, Playful Pizzicato, Sentimental Sarabande and Frolicsome Finale.”

Tickets on 01273 415384 or www.ssomusic.co.uk.