Scarborough Symphony Orchestra’s season gets under way on Saturday November 26

Cellist Richard Harwood
Cellist Richard Harwood

Scarborough Symphony Orchestra opens up a treasure chest of hidden musical gems for its first concert of the season this month.

Romantic melodies, folk tunes and a sister piece to one of the most well-known and moving classical works are brought to life by conductor Shaun Matthew.

“Some will be spectacular melodies familiar to many but not often known by name and others will be delightful works that our audience may not have had the chance to hear before,” said Shaun.

Shostakovich’s popular suite of inspiring incidental music for the 1950s Russian film, The Gadfly, portrays a broad sweep of emotions, reflecting the film’s themes of tragedy, romance, revolution and heroism.

The romantic theme continues with Enescu’s beautifully moving Rhapsody. Inspired by his deep affection for his beloved homeland, it is full of Romanian rhythms and folk tunes that are familiar although not always recognised by name.

The third piece on the programme features the return to Scarborough of the much sought-after cellist, Richard Harwood, to play Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra.

“Many will know Barber’s Adagio which is one of the most heard classical works on radio and tv.” said Richard.

“His cello concerto is not as well-known and less frequently performed than his violin concerto but has a slow movement equally as beautiful. I am very much looking forward to performing this work live to the Scarborough audience.”

Since his critically acclaimed concerto debut at the age of ten, Richard has performed in major international venues including London’s Royal Albert Hall, all of the South Bank Centre venues, the Musikverein in Vienna, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

The concert is at the earlier start time of 7.15pm on Saturday November 26 at the Queen Street Methodist Hall in Scarborough.

There is an optional free talk about the music beforehand at 6.30pm. Free parking is available.

Admission is £11 (£9.50 for concessions). Children up to 16 and full-time students are free.

Tickets can be purchased direct from Scarborough Music or the Art Cafe in Whitby as well as through the orchestra’s website or at the door on the night.

The second concert of the series features saxphonist Jess Gillam on Saturday February 11.