Past pupil returns for 50th anniversary season

Soloist Andrew Ball will be performing with the Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall, Fareham on May 19.
Soloist Andrew Ball will be performing with the Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall, Fareham on May 19.
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A pianist who first played with one of Peter Craddock’s Havant orchestras as a schoolboy in 1966 will return on Saturday, May 19, to take part in their 50th anniversary season.

Andrew Ball, then a pupil at Barton Peveril in Eastleigh ands now an established international soloist as well as a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, will play Mozart’s Concerto No 17, K453, with the Havant Chamber Orchestra at Ferneham Hall, Fareham (7.30pm).

The HCO will be split into two for the concert’s opening item, a Sinfonia for double orchestra written by Johann Christian Bach when he was living in London.

Handel also wrote his Water Music in London - to amuse George I’s guests while sailing up the River Thames, and the orchestra will play the second suite which puts the HCO trumpeters in the spotlight.

The programme ends with Weber’s rarely-heard Symphony No 1, which spans the classical/romantic divide.

Terry Barfoot will give a pre-concert talk on the concerto at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £7 to £18 from Ferneham Hall, Fareham on (01329) 231942 or go to fernehamhall.co.uk.