Orchestra teams up with sea cadets

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SCARBOROUGH Symphony Orchestra will be ably assisted by sea cadets at its concert on Saturday.

The two organisations have joined forces in an attempt to raise funds for the cadets and to raise the profile of classical music among young people.

The sea cadets have been working tirelessly to raise money for urgent renovations to their headquarters on East Sandgate.

They will be helping on the night with the box office, ushering and stage shifting and organisation.

Their fundraising co-ordinator Suzanne Halkyard says: “We are delighted to be able to help the orchestra and hopefully raise much-needed funds. This is an opportunity for the people of Scarborough to see our cadets in action. They are a great credit to the town.”

Frank James will perform Mozart’s 22nd piano concerto, not on the customary concert grand but on an 18th century square piano - a much quieter and more delicate sounding instrument.

Built in 1789 by York craftsman Thomas Haxby, the piano is only four years younger than the concerto.

The other works to be performed in the concert are Berio’s charming version of Boccherini’s Ritirata Notturna di Madrid, a little known piece with an infectious melody.

The second half of the concert opens with Frank Bridge’s wonderfully lush and evocative Two Poems for Orchestra and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s rousing Capriccio Italien.

Frank will give a pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.

The concert is at Queen Street Central Hall.

Tickets cost £8.50 and £7.50 in advance and £9.50 and £8.50 on the door; no charge for students. They are available by post - send an SAE and cheque payable to Scarborough Symphony Orchestra.