Sunday 18 November 2012

Orchestra Musica Romantica debut

One of the first violins of the London Symphony Orchestra, Jörg Hammann, has formed a new orchestra, the Orchestra Musica Romantica. The orchestra makes its debut at London's Cadogan Hall on Saturday 1 December in a concert in support of ACTION medical research. With Hammann conducting, the orchestra will play The Moldau from Smetana's Ma Vlast and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites. They will be joined by Hammann's colleague, Tomo Keller, assistant leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. Keller will play Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.

Hammann describes the orchestra as being a mixture of experience and youth. It is made up of musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields and regular extras from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Added to these professionals will be a selection of talented students from London's music colleges.

As well as playing with the LSO, Hammann has conducted orchestras such as the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra and the Reutlinger Philharmonic Orchestra. His experience is with both symphonic and period instrument performance, so it will be interesting to see quite what style of performance he develops with his new orchestra.

Their December concert is in aid of ACTION Medical Research, which for 60 years has funded medical research worldwide for pregnancies, infants and young children.

Further information from the Cadogan Hall website.

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