Our next concert on Saturday 1st March should jolly well be memorable. It’s not everyday that an amateur orchestra finds itself being directed by the assistant conductor of one the country’s leading orchestras. If you include the fact that she is female then the situation actually becomes unique. In case it escaped your notice, it was announced yesterday that Ewa Strusinska has been appointed Assistant Conductor to the Halle Orchestra. It is a massive vote of confidence from Mark Elder to make the first female appointment to such a post in the UK. I reckon this will be her first orchestral concert since the appointment, and Borodin, Rachmaninov and Tchaikowsky will suit her down to the ground. Very many congratulations from all at the SPO.
Our soloist for the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2 is also a woman of formidable talent. Like Ewa, Romanian born Alexandra Dariescu hails from the Royal Northern College of Music, and has been walking away with awards, competitions (27!) and plaudits for the last few years. We are hiring a suitably large piano for this hugely popular work.
Anyoneone visiting this blog should come along to St John’s Ranmoor at 7.30 pm Saturday 1st of March for a real Eastern European treat.