Season ends with fourth symphony

Havant Symphony Orchestra
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The concert celebrates a major landmark and the composers include Brahms and Liszt - but no rhyming-slang jokes, please!

Havant Symphony Orchestra’s 50th anniversary season ends on Saturday, July 7, with founder-conductor Peter Craddock sharing the rostrum with bursary holder Robert Hodge at Ferneham Hall, Fareham.

Peter, who is to stand down from the symphony orchestra although continuing to conduct Havant Chamber Orchestra, chose Brahms’s fourth symphony for this occasion because it is a favourite work of his wife, Sandra.

He says: ‘I want to pay tribute to all the hard work she has done for me personally and as administrator of the symphony and chamber orchestras.

‘Without her, we truly could not have achieved what we have.’

Peter will also conduct the concert opener, Rossini’s The Siege of Corinth overture, before giving way to Robert for Grieg’s Old Norwegian Romance and Liszt’s heroic Piano Concerto No 1.

Soloist here will be James Willshire, returning after stepping in at short notice to make a successful first HSO appearance in the Grieg concerto in a snow-delayed concert in January 2011.

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

MIKE ALLEN