For its Spring concert on Saturday March 14 commencing 7.30pm at the Abington Avenue United Reformed Church in Northampton, the Northampton Concert Orchestra, with guest artist Peter Dunkley (clarinet), will be presenting ‘An Evening of Light Classics’.
The evening opens with the overture from the Merry Wives of Windsor which will be followed by the scintillating Weber Clarinet Concertino for which the soloist is the accomplished and well know local musician, Peter Dunkley.
The programme also includes amongst others such well known pieces as Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; In the Hall of the Mountain King from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No 1; Suppe’s Poet & Peasant Overture; and concludes with Julius Fucik’s march of triumph, Entry of the Gladiators.
Peter Dunkley is descended from a family of clarinettists; he completed his advanced musical studies at the Royal Manchester College. A period as a freelance professional player, teacher and musical director followed, including several seasons with the D’oyly Carte Opera. While continuing to play professionally, Peter has been involved in teaching and was for many years, until retirement, Head of the award-winning Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Service (now Trust). Peter conducts two local orchestras, teaches clarinet and saxophone at Spratton School, performs professionally as a clarinet and bass clarinettist, and is a member of the John Clare Wind Quintet.
Tickets priced £8 (children £4) will be available at the door on the evening of the performance.
For further information, visit www.northamptonconcertorchestra.org.uk