World class orchestra will be spectacular in Peterborough

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The world class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are coming to Peterborough in September as part of the Big Names concert series at the Broadway Theatre.

Peterborough Sings’ ambitious Big Names concert series has put the much-loved Broadway Theatre firmly back at the centre of the city’s cultural scene, bringing a diverse mix of internationally renowned musicians to work and perform with Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir during their highly successful residency at the iconic venue.

Following gala concerts with the world famous Black Dyke Band and with global superstars The King’s Singers already this year, the 60-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform as part of Classical Spectacular on Sunday 6th September. In keeping with the annual tradition of a classical concert as part of the Peterborough Arts Festival, Classical Spectacular will feature as the grand finale of this year’s Arts Festival weekend, to take placeon Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September.

Hosted by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jane Smith, conducted by Will Prideaux and with performances by the city’s award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and special guest soloists, Classical Spectacular will be an unforgettable celebration of popular classics, showcasing favourites including O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, The Blue Danube, Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, Candide Overture, Flower Duet from Lakme, Pomp and Circumstance March, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and many more!

A highlight of the evening will be the regional premiere of Hawks and Horses, a new work by internationally acclaimed composer Errollyn Wallen, the “renaissance woman of contemporary British music” (The Observer), best known for her works Principia and Spirit in Motion which featured in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Specially commissioned by Peterborough Sings!, Hawks and Horses is an imaginative setting of William Shakespeare’s celebrated Sonnet 91, inspired by the city of Peterborough and its surrounding landscape, thanks to support from Arts Council England, the PRS for Music Foundation, Roythornes Solicitors, Vivacity, and the RVW Trust.

The Broadway Theatre is home to the city’s unique music education charity Peterborough Sings! which works weekly with over 250 members in Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir as well as with hundreds of schoolchildren through its Arts Council England-funded Singing Strategy.

Tickets for Classical Spectacular at the Broadway at 7.30pm on September 6th cost from £14 and are available from the Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, call 0333 666 3366 or visit www.peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk