Don’t miss your chance to savour symphony stars

Melanie Young, principal flute player, Herts Philharmonia, April 2013
Melanie Young, principal flute player, Herts Philharmonia, April 2013

Chances to savour a symphony orchestra concert in Hemel Hempstead are few and far between – but there’s one coming up next week.

The Hertfordshire Philharmonia, the county’s premier orchestra, will be playing at St John’s Church in Boxmoor in what’s billed as the only symphony orchestra concert scheduled in the town this year.

Levon Parikian, conductor, Herts Philharmonia, April 2013

Levon Parikian, conductor, Herts Philharmonia, April 2013

The audience on Saturday, May 11, will be able to hear the famous Tallis Fantasia by Vaughan Williams and a flute concerto of Malcolm Arnold in which the soloist will be the orchestra’s principal flute player, Melanie Young.

Also included in the programme is music by Mendelssohn and Schubert’s well-known Unfinished Symphony.

The Hertfordshire Philharmonia was founded in 1994 and aims to perform high quality, accessible music to played by the county’s finest musicians.

Levon Parikian, who is much in demand as a guest conductor of orchestras in Britain and is principal conductor of orchestras in London and Oxford, will be making his debut with the baton.

Levon also works with youth orchestras, including the Hertfordshire County Youth Orchestra, and teaches conducting

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets are available on the door at £14, or £12 in advance at www.hertsphil.org.uk.