Celebratory concert for retiring South Cheshire Orchestra conductor Phillip Brookes this Saturday

Celebratory concert for retiring South Cheshire Orchestra conductor Phillip Brookes this Saturday

Feb 25 2010 by James A Oliver, Crewe Chronicle

THE South Cheshire Orchestra says farewell to its principle conductor Phillip Brookes in Nantwich on Saturday.

Phillip has spent an extraordinary 10 years at the helm of the orchestra and the gala concert will be a rousing celebration of his service.

Around 50 musicians will be under Phillip’s command playing well known pieces including the Strauss Kaiser Waltz and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March number one alongside the tuneful Kalinikov Symphony Number One.

“It has been a pleasure conducting the orchestra, especially with the music we are playing for the concert, because we are playing the music how it was written with a full orchestra,” said Phillip.

Speaking of his excitement at conducting the symphony he said: “The orchestra has had to learn a long piece that they do not know and that has been quite challenging but very rewarding.”

A spokesman for the orchestra added: “We’ve got a great deal to thank Phillip for, and saying farewell in a concert of some of his favourite music is the best way to show the orchestra’s gratitude.”

The concert will be at 7.30pm on Saturday at the Methodist Centre on Hospital Street, Nantwich. Reductions are available for tickets booked in advance on 01270 618550 and they are also available on the door.


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