SLAITHWAITE Philharmonic Orchestra’s second concert in its season on Saturday January 19 showcases music inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Featuring the immortal musical setting of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers by Tchaikovsky, the orchestra aims to take its audience on a decadently romantic tour of the most sumptuous classical selections it could bring together, all with
the theme of passion and love.
Music by Khachaturian, Delius and the wonderfully vibrant Symphonic Suite from Bernstein's West Side Story make up a programme that is sure to be a truly dazzling feast for your emotions.
This season the SPO has invited a guest conductor for each concert while the search for a new music director continues.
The conductor for next week’s concert in Huddersfield Town Hall (7.30pm) is Halifax- based Lawrence Killian.
The soloist is the immensely talented young violinist Martyn Jackson, who plays the difficult Khachaturian concerto.
At only 19 Martyn has a prodigious technique and his performance should delight all string enthusiasts. Watch out for his name in the future; he is a musician who is going places.
Lawrence Killian was born in Keighley in 1959, and now lives in Halifax.
After playing trumpet with many local orchestras and the national Youth Orchestra of Great Britain he began studies in composition at Bath University, where he gained a first-class honours degree.
While at Bath he studied with George Odam, John McCabe and Hans Keller and the Dartington String Quartet performed the premier of his Scherzo for String Quartet.
A year at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies followed, where Lawrence played orchestral trumpet to a professional level.
It was here that he worked with many conductors, including Sir Colin Davies, Sir Charles Groves, Sir Simon Rattle and Genahdi Rohzdestvensky.
Lawrence conducted the NCOS Orchestra in a performance and recording of his Overture for Orchestra Main Street.
Since 1987, when he became conductor of the Todmorden Orchestra, Lawrence has conducted many regional orchestras.
To date he has had two works published and his First Symphony was broadcast on Classic FM, the Orchestra of Square Chapel performed the premier of his Sinfonietta A Christmas Carol for orchestra and narrator in 2001.
Last summer his orchestral piece The Three Lands was premiered by the Todmorden Orchestra.
Lawrence is presently busy composing a new orchestral suite to celebrate the life of the late Ted Hughes, who was a Poet Laureate.
He won this commission from the Ted Hughes Society to mark the 10th anniversary of Hughes’ death. The premiere will be in October.
l As usual children with adults are admitted free in the area and gallery. Tickets cost £9 to £14 (concessions £6.50) and are available from the Kirklees Information Centre on Albion Street.