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Historic night in prospect for Wrexham Symphony Orchestra at University celebration

February 19 2018

Historic night in prospect for symphony orchestra at University celebration

Wrexham Symphony Orchestra’s third concert in its 49th season will be an historic occasion.

Their ‘Night at the Opera’ Gala concert celebrates the 20th anniversary as the Orchestra in residence at the William Aston Hall and Wrexham Glynd┼Ár’s University’s 10th year since it secured University status.

With less than two weeks to go to the Gala concert, there are only a handful of tickets available and the concert is set to be a sell-out. With the unprecedented demand for tickets for the Opera concert, the Orchestra, together with their special guests North Wales Opera Studio, will be performing staged scenes from ten of the most popular Operas of all time. 

The concert programme includes items from Carmen, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, The Magic Flute, La Traviata and Turandot. 

Members of the North Wales Opera Studio are experienced singers, who have performed leading roles at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, with the Welsh National Opera and at other famous European Opera houses.

Speaking ahead of the concert, the Orchestra’s Chairman, Matthew Ellis shares his excitement: "Having performed all of our home concerts over the last 20 years in the William Aston Hall, we are thrilled to be holding our first concert with Wrexham Glyndwr University.

"What is more pleasing is we are seeing members of Glyndwr staff and students perform with us in our concerts and there will be four members of the Glyndwr team in the Orchestra for this concert.

"We have had a busy autumn and winter programme with three concerts in quick succession, all of which will have been well attended and which has been a great encouragement for us all. 

"We are really looking forward to our ‘Night at the Opera’ concert and sharing it with North Wales Opera Studio.

"It will be a first-class concert and a historic night in Wrexham; that we will perform in front of a packed auditorium will be an uplifting experience for us all."

In September 2017, the Orchestra entered into a more strategic partnership with the University, one which will enable students to engage on projects that are relevant for their studies and provides opportunities to demonstrate their skills and capabilities to a wider and more diverse audience. 

Recently, students from the School of Creative Art have designed a new image for the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary concert season in 2018/19 and in the current academic year, students have been working on a challenging project for the Gala concert which has embraced promotional materials, VIP invitations and a set of backdrop pieces for the Opera pieces in the concert programme.  

An exciting new project is related to a concert collaboration with the Royal British Legion, which will support the National commemoration of 100 years since the end of World War 1 in November 2018, and which will extend the scope and nature of the engagement to students in the University’s Journalism, Sound and Art programmes.

Tickets for all Wrexham Symphony Orchestra concerts are available on line through the Orchestra’s web site www.wrexhamorch.co.uk, from the box office at Glyndwr University (0844 888 9991) and on line through Glyndwr University web site (www.glyndwr.ac.uk/events). 

They are also available from Wrexham Tourist Information Centre in Lambpit Street (01978 292015) and from Llangollen Tourist Information Office on Castle Street (01978 860828).

Pic: Annie Maluver