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Call for residence extension

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:45 05 July 2010

THE Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents its spring concert at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre on Friday, July 11, and with tickets for the concert in great demand, hopes are still high that the nation's orchestra will remain in residence in the town for an historic fifth year into 2009.

THE Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents its spring concert at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre on Friday, July 11, and with tickets for the concert in great demand, hopes are still high that the nation's orchestra will remain in residence in the town for an historic fifth year into 2009.

Hailed as the most important event in the cultural life of the district, the unique association has already proved an enormous success leading to a fourth year in 2008 and it is now hoped that with enough public support the world's top orchestra will commit to an unprecedented fifth year into 2009 and beyond.

Since securing the residency back in 2005 the series of concerts has proved to be one of the most successful of its kind in the UK leading to an extension from the initial three years to four and with the orchestra in great demand, managers at the venue have stressed the importance that those wishing to see the prestigious link continue to book for the current 2008 series in order that the orchestra can commit to a further year in 2009.

The message supported by the Journal has been simple - book now for 2008 and the RPO will remain in the town for an extra year.

Since its inception in 2005 managers at the Edwardian venue have stressed that while the public continues to support the concerts the residency agreement will remain, such was the response over the first with virtually every concert being at full capacity that the orchestra agreed a further extension into 2008.

However, with the series not receiving any major subsidy and therefore relying solely on ticket sales the Journal joined the campaign to encourage people that have not yet booked for this year's concerts to come forward ensuring the series can continue.

Marina Manager Martin Halliday, who first secured the historic partnership, said: “Having the world's top orchestra resident at the Marina has been without doubt the most significant event in the theatre's history.

“Our association with the RPO is the envy of many towns and cities across the UK and has enabled us to secure a host of major artistes and productions never before seen in the town. The series survival depends entirely on ticket sales therefore we are asking anyone who wishes the association to continue to come forward and book for the remaining events in 2008.”

Since the residency began in 2005 the kudos attached to such a prestigious link has enabled the venue to attract major West End musicals and a host of top class performers to the town and seen the venue's audience treble. This year the venue is to host the town's first professional pantomime in half a century.

Conducted by Nicholas Cleobury and featuring soloist Michael Whight, the next concert on Friday, July 11 is a special Here Come The Classics evening featuring a host of popular pieces including works by Suppe, Ravel, Mozart, Smetana, Strauss, Dvorak and Elgar.

The remaining concerts in the 2008 series include on September 19, a spectacular Tchaikovsky Gala and rounding off the year on December 14 the popular Christmas Gala featuring the Lowestoft Choral Society.

For more information or to book seats, please call the Marina Box Office on 01502 533200.

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