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Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra presents:

The Prague Years

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto 

Mozart: Symphony No.38 'Prague'

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto

Mendlessohn: Overture 'The Fair Melusine'

Sunday 26 March 2023

4.00pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

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Mozart in Prague presented by Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra
Leslie Olive conducts Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra

Celebration Sundays

Two dazzling concertos by Mozart and Haydn launch our Celebration Sundays series. But first, our concert on 26 March opens with the music of Mendelssohn's Overture, 'The Fair Melusine'. 

The film ‘Out of Africa’ brought Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto to a wider audience, and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, written to show off the first trumpet able to play all the notes of the scale, transformed trumpet music for ever.


The concert concludes with Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No.38, which premiered in Prague during Mozart’s first visit to this beautiful city.

Download the Celebration Sundays brochure as a PDF.

Leslie Olive SPO

Leslie Olive & SPO

Leslie Olive is a conductor, composer, choir trainer, a writer on music and above all a visionary for initiatives that bring the power of music within reach. He founded the hugely successful Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012. Its members are top level professionals who produce world class music. The orchestra has a passion for encouraging young musicians and its work extends beyond the concert hall into the community and education,

Join us on 26 March for this the first of our 2023 Sunday Celebration series of concerts.

Matthew Glendening

Matt is principal clarinet of the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has performed as guest principal with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He was principal clarinet of the 2018 Britten Pears Orchestra and the 2016 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Christian Barraclough Suffolk Philharmonic

Christian Barraclough


Having performed for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth as well as King Charles, and given recitals for television and radio, Christian Barraclough performs regularly as Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra's principal trumpet. He started to play the trumpet aged three and first performed with the London Mozart Players when he was just 15. Christian has played on various film scores including those in the Wonder Woman and Star Wars series and has appeared on live shows with bands such as The Stranglers and Procol Harum.

Paper Abstract

The first of three Celebration Sunday concerts

This is the first of Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra's series of three relaxed Sunday afternoon concerts at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. These concerts celebrate the evolving classical style through masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, with a glance back to J.C. Bach and forward to Mendelssohn.


The Apex was opened as Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra was launched. Described by cellist Julian Lloyd Webber as having one of the finest small-venue acoustics in the country, The Apex offers comfortable seating providing everyone with a good view, outstanding facilities and extremely convenient parking.  

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