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Hampshire County Youth Orchestra opens Winchester Festival 2011

Hampshire County Council’s Music Service is excited to announce that it has been invited to inaugurate this year’s prestigious Winchester Festival with a spectacular concert in Winchester Cathedral, starting at 7.30pm on the 1st July 2011.

This unmissable evening will showcase some of Hampshire’s finest and most inspiring young musicians and will start with a specially commissioned fanfare by renowned brass composer and Hampshire Music Service director Jock McKenzie.

This première will be followed by Hampshire County Youth Orchestra’s final performance under long-reigning conductor Tom Seligman (who is moving on after six years with the baton), for which it will deliver Mahler’s majestic Resurrection Symphony. Tom comments, “This ever-popular symphony has thrilled and moved audiences since its premiere over a hundred years ago. It traverses the gamut of human experience, from love and happiness to despair and death... and finally to triumphant transcendence. Mahler's vision calls for vast orchestral forces, plus two vocal soloists and choir in the final movements.” The Waynflete Singers, Wyvern Community Choir, and soloists Claire Rutter and Sarah Fryer complement this centenary commemoration of Gustav Mahler’s death.

Jill Larner, head of Hampshire Music Service says, “This is a superb opportunity for Hampshire’s young musicians to perform exhilarating and moving music in one of Hampshire’s most atmospheric venues. What better way to start the Winchester Festival!”

For more information and ticket details please contact: Winchester Cathedral box office, 01962 857276,

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