Peter the great trumpeter

Peter Lawrence.
Peter Lawrence.

Summer is here and that means it’s time for the sweet sounds of Lancaster’s symphony orchestra.

The Haffner will play Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony this Saturday (June 29) in the Ashton Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster.

This much-loved symphony, with its scenes of pastoral peace, peasant dancing and storms, and famous cuckoo call, is described as perfect for an early summer concert.

Also in the programme, Peter Lawrence will play the sparkling trumpet concerto by Hummel, a composer considered in his lifetime to be second only to Beethoven.

Peter, who is a composer and jazz musician as well as professional trumpeter with an orchestra in Germany, will give a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm which is free of charge.

The programme is Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Holst: Egdon Heath (Homage to Hardy), Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major and Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F major ‘Pastoral’.

The regular conductor is Natalia Luis-Bassa from Venezuela, who is known for appearing as a mentor on the BBC TV show Maestro, where celebrities learned the skills of the baton.

Tickets cost £12.50, £11.50 concessions and admission is free for people aged 18 and under at all Haffner concerts.

Tickets are subject to availability.

Helen Price, spokeswoman for the Haffner, said: “This is an ideal concert for young people and anyone not always keen on classical music.”