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Soprano and cellist head concert series

PUBLISHED: 15:22 28 October 2011

Soprano Lesley Garrett and Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber will headline the Marina Theatre’s 2012 RPO Concert Series

Soprano Lesley Garrett and Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber will headline the Marina Theatre's 2012 RPO Concert Series

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SOPRANO Lesley Garrett and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber are to headline the Marina Theatre's 2012 concert series. And in a further boost to the theatre, The Journal can today reveal that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) will begin its eighth year of residency in Lowestoft in 2012 with another prestigious series of concerts.

The RPO has been in residence 
at the Marina since 2005 and it will return next year on February 11 with an opening concert featuring Nicholas Cleobury conducting Rossini’s the Italian Girl in Algiers overture, Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto No.1 with soloist Mark Bebbington, followed by Dvořák’s symphony No.9, From the New World.

This will be followed on March 1 by a one-off concert by the European Union Chamber Orchestra directed by Hans-Peter Hofmann featuring renowned soloist Julian Lloyd Webber.

Celebrated British soprano Lesley Garrett takes centre stage for a magical evening of music from opera, stage and screen on May 26. This special concert with the RPO will be conducted by Phillip Ellis and is set to showcase her sensational voice in a programme of well-loved favourites, ranging from music by Puccini, Mozart and Bizet to Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

On September 14, the RPO will present an elegant evening of enchanting Viennese classics conducted by Gavin Sutherland and featuring soprano Deborah Norman.

The 2012 season ends on November 16 with orchestra leader, Clio Gould directing Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and flute and harp concerto followed by Vivaldi’s the Four Seasons.

Before the new season, there are two more orchestral treats in store this year, on November 25 with the RPO’s principal associate conductor Gregorz Nowak, and on December 31 when the venue presents its popular New Year’s Eve orchestral gala.

Tickets for the 2012 season go on sale today from the box office on 01502 533200.

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