Harborough orchestra set for a Germanic show

Market Harborough Orchestra members during rehearsals last summer
Market Harborough Orchestra members during rehearsals last summer

Market Harborough’s very own orchestra, is preparing to give its seventh concert under the baton of Stephen Bell later this month.

The Market Harborough Orchestra – or the MHO as it calls itself – is performing the show at Market Harborough Methodist Church in Northampton Road at 7.30pm on Saturday, January 31.

The MHO’s secretary and flautist Frances Hynes: said: “We are looking forward to an enjoyable evening of German music.

“The centrepiece of the programme is Beethoven’s famous and well-loved 5th Symphony.

“We will also be playing Beethoven’s Leonore 3 Overture from his only opera, Fidelio, and a light-hearted wind piece, Sinfonietta, by the 19th-century German composer Joachim Raff.”

The orchestra was formed in the year 2000 and is made up of an assortment of local musicians and music teachers many of who play in other orchestras in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire but who are committed to the idea of providing an opportunity to perform and listen to great orchestral music in their home town.

The group’s leader is David Leech, with Stephen Bell as conductor.

Mr Bell has taught postgraduate studies in conducting at the University of Surrey and is also the conductor of the Northampton Male Voice Choir and is musical director of Northampton Concert Band. He is very much in demand as a conductor.

Tickets for this month’s concert go on sale from this Saturday and cost £7 in advance from MH Music, of 7 St Mary’s Road, or from Quinns Bookshop in Three Crowns Yard, off High Street.

If any tickets are left, they will cost or £8 on the door.

Accompanied children get in for free.

Meanwhile, the group is also looking to expand its string sections.

So, if you are an advanced player of violin, viola, cello or double-bass, please get in touch with the team.

Anybody interested can email the group via contact@market-harborough-orchestra.co.uk.

More details about the group can also be found on its website at www.marketharborough-orchestra.co.uk.