Hatfield-based orchestra joined by award-winning pianist

PUBLISHED: 19:02 05 February 2011

Benjamin Powell

Benjamin Powell


AN award-winning pianist will join a Hatfield-based orchestra for a concert tomorrow (Sunday).

de Havilland Philharmonic

The University of Hertfordshire’s resident orchestra, the de Havilland Philharmonic, welcomes Benjamin Powell, winner of the prestigious 2010 British Contemporary Piano Competition, to perform with them on Sunday.

The orchestra will open the concert with Rachmaninov’s symphonic poem, Isle of the Dead, considered a fine example of Russian late-romanticism from the early 20th century.

Guest Benjamin will then join the orchestra to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s uncharacteristically cheerful Piano Concerto No. 2.

Benjamin studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and later at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne and Royal Northern College of Music respectively.

The Weston Auditorium

Equally at home in chamber music, song, and solo recitals, Benjamin has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall.

Philip Mead, founder and artistic director of the British Contemporary Piano Competition, said: “Benjamin Powell has shown himself as a consummate musician… his performances during the competition were truly breathtaking.”

To close the concert, the Hatfield-based orchestra will perform Stravinsky’s thrilling Rite of Spring, which dates from 1913 and has been described as one of the most ground-breaking works of the last century.

The concert takes place at The Weston Auditorium on the de Havilland Campus from 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced from £6 to £20 and can be purchased from the UHArts box office by calling 01707 281127, or online by visiting www.herts.ac.uk/artsandgalleries

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