Best tunes and harp solos with Morecambe orchestra

Maxine Molin.
Maxine Molin.
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The opening concert of a new orchestral season will pay tribute to a popular radio programme.

The Promenade Concert Orchestra (PCO) presents another ‘Your Hundred Best Tunes’ at The Platform this Sunday (November 17) at 3pm.

Your Hundred Best Tunes was a long-running BBC radio music programme, always broadcast on Sunday evenings, which presented popular works which were mostly classical excerpts, choral works, opera and ballads.

First aired in 1959, the show’s hundred tunes which made up the playlist were initially selected by the creator and presenter, Alan Keith. Subsequently, tunes were suggested by requests and polls of listeners.

The programme on Sunday afternoon includes well-known favourites such as the Mikado overture, ‘In a Persian Market’, ‘To a Wild Rose’, a Brahms ‘Hungarian Dance’ and a Slavonic Rhapsody by Friedemann, ‘Nimrod’ and ‘Finlandia’.

There will also be the UK premiere of a rare ‘Concertino in Jazz’ for harp and orchestra by the Belgian light music composer, Emile Deltour.

This discovery from the 1940s includes a fox trot, boogie-woogie and a blues for the harp.

The international soloist and regular harpist with the PCO is Maxine Molin.

Maxine has performed with some of the UK’s leading symphony, opera and ballet orchestras.

The concert also celebrates the anniversaries of both Wagner and Britten in two lighter pieces of music, having celebrated Verdi’s anniversary in its May concert programme.

The PCO has now given 24 concerts in the Platform to nearly 8,000 people over the past seven years, playing well over 400 pieces of light music.

It has a regular orchestra membership of 36 players for each concert.

As always, the concert will be conducted by its founder, Howard Rogerson

Tickets are priced £14, £12 (concessions) and £6 (child). They are available from the Platform box office on 01524 582803 or visit local Visitor Information Centres.