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Doddy's plea for orchestra

PUBLISHED: 14:18 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:36 05 July 2010

COMEDY KING: Ken Dodd pictured with a birthday cake before a show at the Marina in 2006.

COMEDY KING: Ken Dodd pictured with a birthday cake before a show at the Marina in 2006.

MUSIC lovers are being urged to back a campaign to keep the world's most famous orchestra playing in Lowestoft.

The success of a prestigious link between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marina Theatre relies on the support of the town - and this week two giants of the entertainment world have added their weight to The Journal's campaign to keep the orchestra in residence at Lowestoft.

MUSIC lovers are being urged to back a campaign to keep the world's most famous orchestra playing in Lowestoft.

The success of a prestigious link between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marina Theatre relies on the support of the town - and this week two giants of the entertainment world have added their weight to The Journal's campaign to keep the orchestra in residence at Lowestoft.

The RPO has formed a prized association with Britain's most easterly theatre since 2005 and it is hoped that the unique partnership, which has already bought a host of top conductors and soloists to the town, can now be extended further into 2009 - and beyond.

However, the call has gone out to book the seats now for the 2008 series so that managers can secure an unprecedented fifth year of the association.

Leading cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, the first major soloist to appear as part of the residency, said: “I urge all music lovers in Lowestoft and the surrounding area to join in and support the wonderful world class series of concerts given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Marina. I played at the very first of this series back in 2005 and was entranced by the theatre's intimacy and excellent acoustics.”

Britain's king of comedy, Ken Dodd, a regular entertainer on the Marina's stage, also pledged support.

“The theatre has such an enthusiastic team led by the manager Martin Halliday and it is always such a pleasure to play there and I know that it is extremely important to them to have such a fantastic orchestra as the Royal Philharmonic in residence,” he said.

“It has enabled them to bring a very diverse programme to the Marina and, in fact, I look forward to playing the theatre again this year, as I have on many occasions.”

The first concert in the RPO'S 2008 series takes place on Friday, February 8, and features soloist Nicola Loud and will be conducted by Grzegorz Nowak.

Other highlights in the season include the venue's first major international orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, on March 1.

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