O Duo’s Welwyn Garden City concert will be ‘a stunner’

PUBLISHED: 10:04 06 November 2015 | UPDATED: 10:04 06 November 2015

O Duo will appear at the next Welwyn Garden Concert Club chamber music show at the Hawthorne Theatre [Picture: John Ferro Sims]

O Duo will appear at the next Welwyn Garden Concert Club chamber music show at the Hawthorne Theatre [Picture: John Ferro Sims]


A top musical duo will be appearing at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.

O Duo will appear at Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden CityO Duo will appear at Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City

Concert-goers in Welwyn Garden City won’t know what’s hit them when exhilarating and irresistible percussion duo ‘O Duo’ takes to the stage.

Welwyn Garden Concert Club’s second show of the new season takes place at the Hawthorne Theatre on Saturday, November 7.

O Duo will be performing on a huge array of percussion instruments, including two marimbas, vibraphone and a battery of items to be hammered, bowed and shaken.

The concert club’s Helen Shabetai says the show will be “a stunner”.

O Duo

* Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell were both scholars at the Royal College of Music and formed O Duo in 2000.

* Graduating with first class honours in 2003, they immediately took up the first Junior Fellowship to be given to a percussion duo at the RCM.

* They have twice won ‘Best Music Act’ of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival.

* O Duo joined the Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2005-2007.

* Their concert at the Hawthorne Theatre on Saturday, November 7 is the final Welwyn Garden Concert Club show of the year.

* The first Chamber Music Concert of 2016 will be the Endellion Quartet on Saturday, January 9.

Talented percussion duet Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell made their Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut with their show Bongo Fury, which they played over 25 times to sell-out crowds.

They went on to win ‘Best Music Act’ of the Fringe twice at the Festival.

Since then, they have played all over the world with performances at the Al Bustan, Harare and Mexico City Festivals, and in Paris, Madrid, Lucerne, Zug, and Seinajoki, and tours to Germany, Bulgaria and Australia. This season they are even off to China.

Back home, performances include appearing twice at the BBC Proms, including the Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park, London

Their repertoire spans 300 years. The musical maestros mix beautiful balletic arrangements of Bach on two marimbas with more recent pieces, including new works they have commissioned.

They have released CDs, played live on BBC Radio 2 and 3 and Classic FM, worked on film scores and broadcast on Channel 4 and BBC TV.

Helen Shabetai urges sceptics to see for themselves at Campus West.

She said: “If you hadn’t thought it was possible to go to a ‘percussion recital’ – think again, it’s guaranteed to be a blast.

“Oliver and Owen are born entertainers, jokingly describing themselves as ‘a pair of scruffy blokes playing the xylophones’, whilst seamlessly leading you through a show bursting with talent, enthusiasm, musicality and virtuosity.

“Last time I heard them I wanted to call everyone I knew to get there for the second half, not to miss out on the fun.”

If you are still not convinced, visit the duo’s website oduo.co.uk and watch some video clips.

Helen added: “You won’t be able to resist.”

Student tickets for the concert at the Hawthorne Theatre cost only £5.

“It’s a great way to inspire the next generation of musicians,” said Helen.

Adult tickets cost £17, and seating is unreserved.

The concert starts at 7.45pm.

To buy tickets, call the box office on 0300 3039 620 or book online at www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk

Alternatively, call in person at the box office in The Campus, WGC.

* For further information about Welwyn Garden Concert Club, visit www.wgconcertclub.org.uk

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