WHITBY High School is to host a Shell-sponsored concert featuring the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under the baton of Matthew Wood, a recent finalist in the prestigious Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain.
The event is at the school at 2.30pm on Sunday, July 20 and Shell is supporting it by offering free tickets to all under-18s.
Festival artist in residence and internationally renowned saxophonist John Harle will make a special guest appearance playing film classic Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe in this packed programme of popular classical favourites everyone will know and love.
Australian conductor Matthew Wood is currently the associate conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this he spent two years holding the coveted position of Conducting Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music.
He was recently invited to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra and made his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has also worked with ensembles such as the BBC Philharmonic and Ensemble 10/10.
Edward Brady, Shell’s external affairs regional manager, said: “We are delighted to sponsor such a special performance and our offer of free tickets to those under 18 years is all part of our commitment to encourage creative thinking and intellectual curiosity in all areas of society.”
Martin Cooke, chair of the Chester Summer Music Festival, said: “Shell has been a great supporter of the festival’s work and this year their generous decision to fund free tickets is an example of true investment in young people’s access to the arts.”
The programme includes Franz Von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, George Bizet’s Carmen Suite 1 & 2, Enrico Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe (with John Harle), Ralph Vaughan Williams’ (arr. Gordon Jacob), English Folk Song Suite, Peter Ilich’s Tchaikovsky Marche Slave and music by Strauss and Bliss.
Tickets to the concert are £3 and free for under-18s who need to book in advance, online at www.chesterfestivals.co.uk, or www.chester-races.co.uk, by phone on 01244 304 618, in person at Chester Festivals Box Office, Chester Racecourse, Watergate Square, Chester, or by post, with cheques payable to Chester Race Company, and sent to the address above.