WHAT better way, musically speaking, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee than with a concert featuring work by the country’s most celebrated composers.

The Orchestra of Opera North returns to Huddersfield Town Hall next Thursday (May 31) with its final concert of the season.

The concert will mark the beginning of a weekend of national celebrations to mark the jubilee.

Opera North has chosen just the right sort of musical gems from the crowning talents of English music to make its concert one of real celebration.

Conducting the orchestra will be the Scottish born conductor, Garry Walker.

Garry studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and is a previous winner of the Leeds Conductor’s competition.

The young conductor has been permanent guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for several years, principal conductor of Paragon Ensemble and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

He has appeared with most of the UK’s leading orchestras and is an experienced opera conductor.

Garry is also a frequent and popular guest at the Edinburgh Festival.

In Huddersfield next Thursday, he will conduct a programme which opens with Walton’s Coronation March, originally written for the Queen in 1952.

The orchestra will then play a piece which has a special place in the hearts of classical music lovers.

The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, regularly tops the Classic FM Hall of Fame so it could hardly be missed off this jubilee programme.

A suite from Britten’s opera Gloriana follows before perhaps one of the most spectacular performances of the night when the orchestra is joined by Robert Jordan, one of the UK’s leading bagpipers.

He will bring a real air of celebration to the orchestra’s performance of the piece, An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise written by the Master of the Queen’s music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Robert has performed at all the country’s premier music venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican Centre. Two years ago, he realised a career ambition to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra.

He frequently appears with many of Britain’s finest orchestras and in recent years Robert has toured with the London Sinfonietta and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to Armenia, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Spain.

Thursday’s concert comes to a close with Elgar’s ever popular Enigma Variations, which includes the intense and moving Nimrod.

Prior to the performance there will be a Talking Music event at 6.40pm.

This concert has a special ticket pricing and is a non-subscription concert, please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at £13.50 all areas (£4 concessions for under 26s only) from Kirklees Booking Offices.

Tel: 01484 223200 or book online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls

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