Martyn returns for the orchestral celebrations

Soloist Martyn Jackson will appear with Todmorden Orchestra
Soloist Martyn Jackson will appear with Todmorden Orchestra

Crashing climactic cannons will be the culmination of centenary celebrations at Todmorden Orchestra’s concert on Saturday June 27 at 7.30pm in Todmorden Town Hall.

The festivities will open with the flamboyant fanfare of the Festive Overture by Shostakovich. Written as a piece of public propaganda to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution, it is a rousing concert opener filled with catchy melodies and orchestral virtuosity often played at death-defying speed.

The 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky provides a fitting climax to a century of orchestral music making in the town. A commemoration of the defeat of Napoleon’s army, it is fiercely nationalist with Russian folksongs chasing and finally obliterating The French Marseillaise and featuring a total of 16 cannon shots.

It has been a century of change and development for the orchestra and owes much to the enthusiasm of many people. Particular mention is due to the Drs De Ville Mather, father and son, who between them held the presidency for 65 years. Also to the present “wielder of the baton”, Nicholas Concannon-Hodges who has achieved undreamed of orchestral heights and has been heard to say “to infinity and beyond”. The orchestra now has a high profile in the town and is currently involved in co-operations with Todmorden in Bloom and Todmorden Photographic Society.

Bruch’s much loved and romantically lyrical first violin concerto will mark a high point of the evening with the eagerly awaited return of Martyn Jackson. A member of Todmorden Orchestra as a youngster, Martyn has become a solo artist and chamber musician with performances throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

The concert will feature the first performance of a celebratory piece written especially for the occasion by our own trumpeter/composer Lawrence Killian and a March written for the 1913 Royal visit to Bacup, realised by Arthur Glover. Add to this a few short pieces including the vibrant Malcolm Arnold Scottish Dances and the programme is complete.

Don’t miss the centenary celebrations with cannons, fanfares, cakes and even an occasional party popper!

Tickets are on sale at the door and are also available from Jennifer Moorhouse on 01706 817333 or at Todmorden Information Centre at £10, concessions £8 and accompanied children £1.