Orchestra waltzes in for New Year

Christopher Irvin.

Christopher Irvin.

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Morecambe’s light music orchestra will celebrate a seventh birthday in style this month.

The Promenade Concert Orchestra (PCO) will hold its seventh annual New Year Viennese Concert at The Platform on Sunday, January 26 at 3pm.

The PCO attracts a loyal following to its regular concerts who love the nostalgia of light orchestral music.

The programme this month will be no exception as it includes ‘Tales from Vienna Woods’, ‘Egyptian March’ and the ‘Blue Danube’ waltz.

As well as Suppe’s ‘Pique Dame’ overture, a Waldteufel waltz and some rare but beautiful waltes and marches from the period, there is also a new ‘Reindeer Rondo’ by living light music composer 
Christopher Irvin.

Irvin, also an actor, musician and teacher, has also composed pieces for the Rochdale Light Orchestra, the Leeds Summer Orchestra and Todmorden Symphony Orchestra.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the PCO will play some of his waltzes from his opera ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ written in 1911.

The concert ends with the usual ‘Radetsky’ March with audience participation.

The Turning Point Theatre Arts from Lancaster directed by Gail Johnstone will be there to dance and the concert is conducted by the PCO’s musical director and multi-time Visitor Sunshine Awards nominee, Howard Rogerson.

Tickets cost £14, £12 (concessions) £6 (child) and are available from the box office at The Platform in Morecambe, alternatively call 01524 582803 or visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform .