The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra begins an unprecedented ninth year of residency in Lowestoft this month and as part of the new season the world renowned orchestra will pay tribute to one of the town’s most famous sons – Composer Benjamin Britten.

The orchestra has enjoyed a hugely successful partnership with the Marina Theatre since 2005 with a host of international conductors, musicians’ and soloists presented on stage in Lowestoft. Despite receiving no major sponsorship or subsidy and almost totally reliant on box office receipts, the ongoing relationship with one of the world’s top orchestras has been hailed as one of the most successful of its kind in the UK.

This year’s season of concerts commences next Friday, March 22 2013 with soloist Tasmin Little performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1. Tasmin Little has built a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost violinists, performing with the worlds leading orchestras in a career which has taken her to every continent. Conducted by Brian Wright the concert also includes Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Borodin’s Nocturne For Strings and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, ‘Scottish’.

Composer Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft on 22 November 1913, St Cecilia’s Day (the patron saint of music) and his Centenary will be marked by a special concert on November 29 2013. The popular programme, conducted by Nicholas Cleobury and featuring Tenor David Butt Philip, will contain a snapshot of some of his finest pieces comprising of original orchestral and vocal works alongside Britten’s own arrangements of music by Mahler & Rossini which were originally composed in the year of his birth and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, a piece Britten championed.

Before that the RPO presents the return of its hugely popular Last Night Of The Proms on June 14 2013 and A Little Night Music featuring the music and song of Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe & Cole Porter, on September 14 2013.

Marina Chief Executive Martin Halliday said, “We are thrilled that the magnificent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are continuing their association with the Marina Theatre and that this years Britten Centenary will be marked in the composers home town in such a prestigious manner.”

RPO Managing Director Ian Maclay added, “The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to continue its residency at the Marina Theatre especially in 2013 as we celebrate the centenary of Lowestoft born composer Benjamin Britten.”

Seats for all of the RPO 2013 concerts are now available from the Marina box office by calling 01502 533200.


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