Perfect 10 for orchestra

The Haffner Orchestra rehearsing in 2011.
The Haffner Orchestra rehearsing in 2011.
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Ten is the magic number for Lancaster’s Haffner Orchestra this year.

The orchestra will enter its 10th season of concerts in autumn, beginning on Saturday, November 16 at The Great Hall, Lancaster University, continuing at the same venue on Saturday, February 15 and rounding off at the Ashton Hall in the city centre on Saturday, June 28

Once again charismatic conductor from Venezuela, Natalia Luis-Bassa, will be at the baton.

Highlights of the season will be Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Kathryn Stott playing Shostakovich’s second piano concerto and Marianne Thorsen playing Mozart.

To celebrate the Lancaster orchestra, a display all about the Haffner can now be viewed at the entrance to St Nicholas Arcades.

This includes photos showing scenes from orchestral life, such as a snap of world famous cellist Raphael Wallfisch in rehearsal with Natalia.

“I think this is an excellent example of the practical and informative use that empty shop windows can be put to,” said Jerry North, centre manager.

“We do our utmost at St Nic’s to support local organisations in this manner and the Haffner has shown great imagination in their use of the space.”

The Haffner Orchestra gave its first concert in March 1976. Since then the orchestra has earned the respect and attracted the support of many well-known professional musicians, including Sir Charles Groves, who was the orchestra’s first President and conducted the Haffner Orchestra at its 10th anniversary concert.

After his death, the Presidency was taken up by Wallfisch, who has also performed as soloist with the orchestra.

Concert tickets for 2013/14 are now on sale, priced £13 for adults, £12 concessions, while those aged 18 years and under go free.

You can buy at, ring 01524 582394, visit local Visitor Information Centres or call Lancaster University on 01524 594151 for the November and February concerts.