Award-winner Olivia joins Hatfield orchestra for Russian concert

PUBLISHED: 09:40 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 February 2015

Olivia Scheepers will be the de Havilland Philharmonic's guest violinist at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

Olivia Scheepers will be the de Havilland Philharmonic's guest violinist at The Weston Auditorium in Hatfield

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An award-winning musician will be the de Havilland Philharmonic's special guest at the Hatfield-based orchestra's forthcoming concert.

The Weston AuditoriumThe Weston Auditorium

The University of Hertfordshire’s resident orchestra celebrates great Russian composers with accomplished violinist Olivia Scheepers on Sunday, February 8 at The Weston Auditorium.

Olivia won the 2013 Hatfield and District Music Festival and will join the orchestra to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2.

Orchestra manager Gabby Tewson said: “We are delighted to welcome Olivia Scheepers, winner of the Hatfield and District Music Festival 2013, to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 in an all-Russian programme, also featuring Rachmaninov’s colourful Symphony No. 1.”

The concert celebrates Russian composers, starting with Borodin’s short work In the Steppes of Central Asia, which mixes Oriental melody with Russian song.

First conducted by Rimsky Korsakoff, it is dedicated to Franz Liszt.

The orchestra, under the baton of conductor Robin Browning, will then be joined by Olivia to perform perhaps Prokofiev’s best known and most loved of violin works.

The second half of the concert features Rachmaninov’s First Symphony from 1897, which was rediscovered after his death in 1943.

It demonstrates the composer’s skill at retheming his melodies to create a shadowy, mighty and yet joyous work.

The concert at The Weston Auditorium, on the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland Campus, starts at 7.30pm.

Admission costs £20 full, £15 concessions, £8 child and £6 UH students.

* For tickets, call the box office on 01707 281127 or book online at www.ticketline.co.uk/venue/the-weston-auditorium#contact

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