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 The stage is set . . . The Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra playing at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds
‘ their community using online tools such as Zoom to help keep spirits up. Having said that, there is no escaping that fact that lockdown has been tough. Professional musicians have seen entire income streams dry up completely and yet many of us have not qualified for government help – not a single penny.
“Covid has robbed leisure-time singers of the shared activity which for many lies at the heart of their wellbeing. One positive effect has been that for some of us involved in the creation and management of concerts, workshops and rehearsals, it has provided an unexpected break from the administrative grindstone, but we will be very pleased to be back, whether it is singing, playing, or, as in my case, conducting.”
On the bill for the October concert is one of Mozart’s best-loved symphonies, the famous 40th; Exsultate Jubilate with soprano motet; Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto with the glorious golden sounds of the French horn. The young soloists have already established exciting profiles – at age 18 horn soloist Ben Goldscheider was a concerto finalist in the 2016 BBC Young Musician competition. In 2018 he made his BBC Proms debut, released his first CD to critical acclaim, and was
selected as a BBC Music magazine
‘rising star’ and Gramophone
magazine ‘one to watch’. As well as Suffolk Philharmonic and the
English Arts Orchestra, Ben has performed widely in Europe
appearing as soloist with the Aurora
Orchestra, BBC Concert, BBC Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony, Manchester Camerata, the Prague Philharmonia and Sinfonie Orchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie. In demand as guest principal he has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, West-Eastern Divan, English Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras.
Soprano Jane Burnell is enjoying a rapidly developing career both in opera
“Covid has robbed leisure-time singers of the
shared activity which for many lies at the heart of their wellbeing.”
and on the concert platform. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Badoer Dalla Rizza Bursary for the Veneto Opera Summer School, and has sung roles in Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica, Die Fledermaus and Dido and Aeneas. Jane is also a keen recitalist and most recently performed on the main stage at Leeds Town Hall as part of their prestigious international concert season. Alongside a growing solo career, Jane retains a profound love of choral music and is the co-founder of The Meanwood Ensemble; a classical vocal quartet based in Leeds, whose ethos is to bring classical music to new audiences by performing in unusual locations.
Leslie Olive looks forward to the occasion: “I’m delighted to welcome these two outstanding young professionals to perform with Suffolk Philharmonic. They both have very real talent and it will be a joy to work with them again.”
Booking and information
Suffolk Philharmonic’s 'Welcome Back' Concert.
Saturday October 9, 7.30pm, Apex Bury St Edmunds, Box office 01284 758000. Concert sponsored by Anglia Suspended Ceilings and supported by Hugh and Margaret Steavenson.
For anyone interested in making a donation or sponsoring SPO’s work,
please contact Julia Read on

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