IT IS a powerful partnership between renowned pianist Imogen Cooper and the musicians of Northern Sinfonia.
Next week they will be reunited in Huddersfield to play the works of Britten, Mozart and Bach in the latest concert in the current Kirklees orchestra series.
The concert on Friday offers something of a sneak preview of a soon-to-be released CD featuring Imogen and the Northern Sinfonia.
The two have made a series of recordings of Mozart concerto and are about to release the first of their performances.
Imogen has a worldwide reputation as one of the finest interpreters of classical repertoire and two years ago was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours List.
She had what some would see as a remarkable start to her musical life.
Born in London, her father was a music critic, her mother an amateur singer.
Her own passion for music began early and by the age of 12 she was in Paris where she spent six years studying at the conservatoire.
She is particularly known for her interpretations of Schubert and Schumann, but she has also been involved in modern music, giving the premières of works such as Traced Overhead by Thomas Adès.
As well as performing as soloist, she participates in chamber music and lieder.
She will be joined on stage in Huddersfield by the Northern Sinfonia, a chamber orchestra founded in the 50s and now based at the Sage Gateshead, a multi-million-pound arts complex serving the north east.
At the preview for the orchestral season held in the summer, Dougie Scarfe – concerts director for Opera North – said he was anxious to build relationships with other orchestras which played in the region.
Northern Sinfonia fits that particular bill perfectly.
The orchestra will be directed on Friday by its long-standing leader Bradley Creswick.
This hugely talented musician first became leader of the Northern Sinfonia in 1984.
He subsequently led the Philharmonia and Royal Opera House Orchestra before returning to the Sinfonia 10 years later.
The concert will open with Prelude and Fugue by Benjamin Britten, arguably the most widely known British 20th century composer. The piece is scored for 18 strings.
The programme features two works by Mozart, his Piano Concerto No18 in B scored for solo piano, flute, two oboes, two bassoons, two horns and strings and his Suite No 3 in D major, also known as Overture No 3.
The latter is part of four orchestral suites comprising five movements with the second, Air, being one of his most famous pieces of music.
There will be the regular pre-concert discussion in the main hall at 6.40pm for concert-goers to gain an extra insight into the evening’s performance.
Tickets are £7 to £21.50, plus concessions, from Kirklees Booking Offices, or on the ticket hotline on 01484 223200.
If you would like full details of the concert season visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/music.
Alternatively, call 01484 234000 for a brochure.