The Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in January 2012, played its inaugural concert in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, on 23rd May 2012 to a sell-out audience. Showcasing the professionalism of its string section, the concert focused from the word go on music by a range of English composers, of whom the best known are Elgar, Vaughan Williams, and Britten.
ITV Anglia News recorded the event and broadcast a feature the following day.
Continuing the English music theme, the SPO has since presented three very successful concerts – two of them in Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford – as well as its first Community Concert and an Education Project in Suffolk schools.
At its fourth concert, on 26th May 2013, the Suffolk Philharmonic performed in full symphonic splendour for the first time. In a Sunday Afternoon Tea concert at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, it welcomed to Suffolk Julian Lloyd Webber, described by The Strad magazine as “the doyen of British cellists.” Julian Lloyd Webber played the ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO, the work with which he is perhaps most associated worldwide.
Two works by Vaughan Williams completed the programme. His Overture The Wasps was written for a performance of The Wasps of Aristophanes in Cambridge. A London Symphony, an intensely atmospheric montage of musical impressions of the capital, including the sound of the Westminster Chimes played on the harp at both beginning and end, formed the second half of the concert.
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