Fanfare to mark orchestra's arrival

By David LennardA BRASS fanfare will announce the arrival of the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when they take up a three-year residency in a seaside town.

By David Lennard

A BRASS fanfare will announce the arrival of the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when they take up a three-year residency in a seaside town.

The orchestra will be based at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, and the fanfare has been written to celebrate the residency and the improved rail link between the town and London.

It is one of the first occasions that a fanfare has been composed to celebrate a rail link and members of the orchestra will perform the new piece at London's Liverpool Street Station and Lowestoft on Tuesday.


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The fanfare, written by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra double bass player Gareth Wood for three French horns and two trumpets, will be performed on the balcony of the London station at 11am.

Members of the orchestra and civic dignitaries will then board the 11.38am London to Lowestoft direct through service operated by One, where they will again perform the fanfare on arrival at the seaside town at 2.29pm.

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One is sponsoring the first year of the orchestra's residency at the 750-seat Marina Theatre and the fanfare will become a signature for its stay at Britain's most easterly theatre.

Ian Maclay, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra managing director, said: “We are thrilled that One has generously agreed to support the orchestra's residency in Lowestoft. It is very encouraging to find a sponsor committed to bringing the very best orchestral music to the area.”

One improved the rail link between Lowestoft and London in December by introducing six direct train services Monday to Friday, with even more on Saturdays.

Kerri Worrall, One communications manager, said: “That the Royal Philharmonic will be the resident orchestra in Lowestoft is a great benefit for the people of the region and strengthen the town's links with the capital.”

Glen Garrod, chief executive of Waveney District Council, added: “This link with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is terrific news for the district and our Marina Theatre. To host such a residency is a really prestigious event for the town.

“I am delighted that One and the Eastern Orchestral Board have also been able to support the series which coincides with the direct rail link we now enjoy with the capital.”

The first Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Marina Theatre on April 22 features leading cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and has already sold out.

david.lennard@eadt.co.uk

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