Penarth violinist looking forward to new concert season
A LOCAL member of the BBC National Orchestra has spoken of his excitement ahead of the orchestra's upcoming concert season, which opens tonight (Friday, September 21).
Violinist Nicolas White, set to begin his eighth year with the orchestra, said he was eagerly anticipating tomorrow's show at St David's Hall - a journey through the music featured in the new season, led by conductor Grant Llewellyn.
The High Street resident, who was born in Geneva and is half-French, said: "We have just toured China and Hong Kong, where we performed in all the major cities. It was a fantastic experience.
"And the upcoming season promises to be equally thrilling."
The BBC National Chorus of Wales will also be on hand tomorrow to provide a vocal contribution in the form of Brahms' Song of Destiny, and Verdi's setting of Te Deum.
And the evening will include performances of Sibelius's Finlandia, and the Four Sea Interludes from Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes - showcased ahead of the Orchestra's celebrations of Britten's centenary in 2013.
"There are a number of performances which I am particularly looking forward to but I think Sibelius's Symphony No 5 is one of the finest pieces of music ever composed," added Nicolas.
Tickets for tonight's concert - starting at 7.30pm - range from £10 to £27.50 (discounts available), and can be purchased from the Orchestra's Audience Line on 0800 052 1812. Alternatively book through St David's Hall by calling 02920 878444.
The season will continue on Friday, October 12, with the first concert led by Thomas Sondergard in his new role as principal conductor.
Full details at www.bbc.co.uk/now