IT IS smaller in scale than most of its concerts, but Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestras next date is one that is particularly close to its heart.

The orchestra will play on home ground in the Colne Valley on March 24.

The concert is at St James Church in Slaithwaite and everything about it is with the community in mind.

The music begins at 4pm which makes it family friendly and hopefully attractive to those who perhaps dont want to venture out in the evenings or in to the town centre.

It is also informal. Heres a concert where conductor Ben Ellin will introduce each piece and so you can expect banter as well as good music.

And after the concert there is a buffet and a chance to chat with the musicians.

It is the third of these concerts in St James and it is great for the orchestra, said Ben.

It gives them a chance to perform a different style of repertoire and for them to play a small part in their local community.

It seems to be well received and gives people a chance to catch up with family and friends and to hear music in an informal atmosphere.

This year, the concert programme includes the Overture from Mozarts Magic Flute and Griegs Peer Gynt Suite No 1.

The orchestra will play Beethovens Romance In F, Dance Macabre by Saint Saens and Smetanas Vitava.

The concert soloist will be violinist Michele Northam who is the orchestra leader.

Michele, a former professional orchestral violinist, has a busy freelance playing schedule and also teaches at Kirklees Music School.

This is her second season with the orchestra and she will be playing a solo part in the Beethoven Romance for violin and orchestra and in the popular quirky Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, which will be known to TV fans as the theme music on Jonathan Creek.

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