Launching a new season promising ‘pure, fresh music’, Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra will play its first concert in Huddersfield Town Hall on Saturday, November 14.

The opener offers a programme of Tchaikovsky and Dvorak conducted by Robert Guy and featuring soloist Will Robertson, former principal cellist with the Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra. Will is currently at student at the Royal Academy of Music and plays on an early 19th century instrument on loan from the academy. Accompanying the orchestra will be the Hade Edge Band.

With music dating from the late 19th century - Tchaikovsky’s popular 1812 Overture and Symphony No 5 and the Concerto in B Minor for Violoncello by Dvorak - the concert should be an audience pleaser. The famous overture was a state commission that Tchaikovsky undertook with reluctance and depicts the Russian rout of Napoleon’s army. It was described by the composer as ‘very loud and noisy’ and yet has become one of the most identifiable and extravagantly enjoyable pieces of classical music. His 5th symphony was composed four years later.

Dvorak’s concerto for the cello was the last major work he composed while in the USA and has also become a well-known classic.

Huddersfield Phil has delayed publication of its brochure for the forthcoming season until the impact of the closure of Huddersfield Town Hall next year was considered. However, it is to continue with its original planned programme and has changed venues. Concerts will take place at the town hall, Dewsbury Town Hall and Huddersfield Parish Church.

Looking ahead, the orchestra has a Christmas concert of classical music and carols on Sunday, December 6, and a February concert of music from the Fantasia movies.

For ticket details and a digital copy of the programme visit . Hard copies can be obtained from town halls and information offices. Concert tickets are also available form 01484 223200.