Welwyn Garden City Orchestra set for Tewin Bury concert

PUBLISHED: 22:03 02 November 2010

Melvyn Sutton

Melvyn Sutton

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AN original piece of classical music will be performed for the first time alongside favourites from Beethoven and Brahms when the Welwyn Garden City Orchestra takes a bow this weekend.

The orchestra’s popular autumn concert in the lovely setting of the Tythe Barn at Tewin Bury Farm, near WGC, will feature the first public performance of the Elegy for Violin and Orchestra.

The piece has been composed by Melvyn Sutton, an active member of the orchestra, and soloist will be Christos Kokkinos.

A former music teacher, Mel spent many years as musical director of the Hertfordshire Gilbert & Sullivan Society and as conductor of the Garden City Chamber Orchestra.

As well as playing both violin and viola in local orchestras, he also composes in his spare time.

Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, which shows the composer’s fascination with freedom and has become a concert favourite, will also be performed, as will the charming Serenade No. 1 by Brahms, written when he was only 24.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert cost £12 and include a glass of wine during the interval.

They are available on 01438 821510, or from the orchestra’s website.

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