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February gala concert by Wrexham Symphony Orchestra to celebrate 10 years of Wrexham Glyndwr University

26 September 2017


An Opera Gala celebration will mark the 10th anniversary of Wrexham Glyndwr University and 20 years of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra in residence at its iconic concert hall.

‘A Night at the Opera’ on Saturday 24 February 2018 will feature special guests North Wales Opera Studio performing staged scenes from popular operas including La Boheme, Carmen, Madam Butterfly, Turandot and La Traviata.

The event is the highlight of Wrexham Symphony Orchestra’s 49th concert season and tickets will be limited to around 650.

February’s concert is one of five which have been announced for the orchestra’s 2017-18 concert season.

Chairman Matthew Ellis said: “Following a successful end to our 48thseason with the Picnic Proms in the Park at the British Ironwork Centre and our final concert ‘An American in Paris’, which attracted a very large audience, we are performing five concerts in programmes which have something for everyone - children, families and members of our regular, loyal audience.

“I am particularly looking forward to our collaboration with Wrexham Glyndwr University in February 2018 ‘A Night at the Opera’ concert and welcoming to the concert stage members of North Wales Opera Studio, who will be making their debut with us.

“We continue to encourage talented young people to join the orchestra and experience large scale orchestral concerts; two of our members, Louie McIver and Rhiannon Collins, were selected for the National Orchestra of Wales summer school in Lampeter which is a testament to how they have progressed their musicianship during their time with us.

“We really are in for a fabulous concert season and we are looking forward to seeing our regular and many new audience members joining us throughout the concert season.”

The new concert season opens with a bang on Sunday 5 November when in-house conductor Mark Lansom will conduct the orchestra in one of their most popular concert programmes – A Movie Music Spectacular -a whole family afternoon concert which features music from many popular family films including Spiderman, 2001 Space Odyssey, Fantasia, ET, Ben Hur, Dances with Wolves and Gladiator amongst others.

This concert, which starts at 3.30pm, will support the work of the Wrexham Hospital League of Friends, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018. Children of all ages are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite character outfits.

Russell Gray makes a welcome return to the conductor’s podium for two concerts with the Orchestra in January and February 2018.

Sunday 14th January 2018 sees another whole family Sunday afternoon concert, ‘An Afternoon at the Ballet’. The programme has some real treats in store featuring music from Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping Beauty with many other popular and ‘family’ favourite ballets completing the programme.

The concert starts at 3.30pm and once again and children (of all ages) are again encouraged to dress up in their favourite character costumes for this special New Year family concert. 

Following the February concert with the university WSO continues with its Mahler Charitable Concert Series on Saturday 19 May 2018 performing Mahler’s Symphony No 9 with the valuable support of Cobalz. The event will raise funds for the work of the Wrexham Memory Clinic and Pendine Park Care Organisation who support those in our communities affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Popular conductor Richard Howarth will return to conduct the Orchestra in this concert.

The Orchestra’s 49th season draws to a close on 14 July 2018 with a delightful programme of music for a summer evening with works by Tchaikovsky, Liadov and Dvorak.

Nic Fallowfield renews his association with the WSO to conduct the orchestra and introduce us to the very talented, international violinist and chamber musician, Fenella Humphreys, whose credits include performances for the BBC and Classic FM.

The Orchestra is also delighted to announce the renewal of the partnership with The Lemon Tree Restaurant in Wrexham for our 49th concert season.

They will offer concert goers a pre-concert lunch (November and January) and a pre-concert supper for the Saturday evening concerts in February, May and July.

Menus reflect the season and prices are being held for the third year in a row at £16.95 (2 courses) and £19.95 (3 courses) and which include a complimentary drink.

The 49th concert season offers all that is best in classical and popular contemporary music with something for the whole family.

The 50th WSO concert season is just around the corner and the orchestra is making plans for some very special concerts including another ‘Proms in the Park’ concert at the British Ironwork Centre in September 2018.

This will be the launch pad for another exciting new concert season which will see the orchestra break new ground.

Tickets for all Wrexham Symphony Orchestra concerts are available on line through the Orchestra’s web site, from the Box office at Wrexham Glyndwr University (0844 888 9991) and online through Wrexham Glyndwr University from Wrexham Tourist Information Centre in Lambpit Street (01978 292015).