Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra launches Celebration Sundays

Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra has announced its Spring and Summer series of three concerts called Celebration Sundays. The concerts take place at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday afternoons at 4pm and feature music by the great Classical masters – Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. 

The first Celebration Sunday concert ‘Mozart – the Prague Years’  is on Sunday, 26 March at 4pm with two of the best-loved concertos: Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.  Sponsored by St Edmundsbury Wealth Management Ltd, the concert also features Mozart’s Symphony No.38 known as the Prague Symphony, which is named after the city where it was first performed. This concert is.

The solo in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, which became known to a wide audience through its soulful use in the film Out of Africa, is played by Matthew Glendening, principal clarinet at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.  As a student, Matthew starred as principal clarinet in the Britten Pears Orchestra at Snape Maltings, and his career has included playing with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic.

Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto is played by Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra’s resident principal trumpet Christian Barraclough, who first played with the world-famous London Mozart Players at the age of just 15 and currently enjoys a busy career playing with all the major orchestras and recording film scores. Christian says the Haydn Trumpet Concerto is a defining piece in the history of the trumpet, and he plans to explain why at the concert before he plays the piece. 

Conductor Leslie Olive, who has chosen all the music said: “We’re very excited to be launching our Sunday Celebration season with a real showstopper featuring not one but two dazzling concertos which showcase the extraordinary talents of our world-class orchestra. 

“This is the first of three relaxed Sunday afternoon concerts celebrating the evolving Classical style through masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, with a glance back to J.C. Bach, and forward to Mendelssohn – ideal entertainment after Sunday lunch, or before going out for supper after the concert.”

‘Mozart and the Prague Years’ takes place at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, 26 Marchat 4pm. Tickets are on sale now from £26 (plus booking fee) and available from or via the box office on: 01284 758 000.

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