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Hopes still high for RPO extension

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:15 05 July 2010

RETURNING to Lowestoft to present their spring concert, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be back in town on Friday next week to perform at the Marina Theatre.

RETURNING to Lowestoft to present their spring concert, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be back in town on Friday next week to perform at the Marina Theatre.

And hopes are still high that the nation's top orchestra will remain in residence in the town next year for an historic fifth year.

Since securing the residency back in 2005 the series of concerts at the theatre 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 a fourth year in 2008. And it is now hoped that with enough support the world's most-famous orchestra will commit to an unprecedented fifth year into 2009 and beyond.

But with the orchestra in great demand, managers at the venue are appealing for those wishing to see the prestigious link continue to book for the current 2008 series in order that the orchestra can commit to performing next year.

Supported by The Journal, the message is - book now for 2008 and the RPO will remain in the town for an extra year.

With the series not receiving any form of subsidy and therefore relying solely on ticket sales, The Journal has 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 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 2008,” he added.

Until the residency began in 2005 the Marina struggled to attract a high calibre of entertainment relying mostly on tribute bands and adult comedians - but since then 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 as the venue's audience has trebled.

For more information or to book seats, please telephone the Marina box office on 01502 533200.

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