Purcell and a premiere to tempt music lovers

Levon Parikian, conductor, Herts Philharmonia, April 2013
Levon Parikian, conductor, Herts Philharmonia, April 2013

Lovers of good music are spoiled for choice this weekend, with a feast of competing concerts aiming to appeal to discerning ears across Dacorum.

Saturday evening will see the Berkhamsted Choral Society perform Purcell at the town’s St Peter’s Church.

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

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

The great English composer’s Dido and Aeneas tells the tragic story of a queen of Carthage’s reluctant love for Aeneas of Troy, and her despair when he abandons her.

It’s a semi-operatic work full of emotion and intensity with beautiful solo pieces and a chorus of courtiers, witches, cupids, and sailors

Find out more at www.berkhamstedchoral.co.uk and for box office details call 07500 431643.

The Dacorum Symphony Orchestra’s next performance follows on Sunday night, in Berkhamsted’s Centenary Theatre.

Clare O’Connell will be the soloist for a performance of the first Saint-Saens cello concerto and the programme also includes the premiere of Chris Crawley’s Celebratory Dances and Brahms’ fourth symphony.

Tickets are available from Claire Lloyd Properties in Berkhamsted High Street or by calling 01525 229330.

Hemel Hempstead doesn’t miss out, though – the Hertfordshire Philharmonia, which bills itself as the county’s premier orchestra, performs at St John’s Church in Boxmoor on Saturday night.

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 are on the programme, as well as music by Mendelssohn and Schubert’s well-known Unfinished Symphony.

Conductor Levon Parikian will be making his debut with the baton.

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