Friday 3 January 2014

BBC Young Musician finalist performs with Northern Chamber Orchestra

Callum Smart photo by Benjamin Harte
Callum Smart
photo by Benjamin Harte
Callum Smart, still only a teenage and studying at Chetham's School of Music, will make his debut with the Northern Chamber Orchestra on 11 January 2014 in their concert Turkish & Other Delights at Macclesfield Heritage Centre. Smart will be playing Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 5 'Turkish' and Chausson's Poeme, the latter a work Smart has recently recorded in the version with piano accompaniment.

Smart won the string category of the 2010 BBC Young Musician Competition performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. Smart was 13 at the time! Also in 2010 he was the top European prize winner in the Menuhin Competition in Oslo. Smart plays on a 1698 Antonio Stradivari violin loaned by J & A Beare Ltd. His first recital disc is being released on the Orchid Classics label in early 2014.

The concert also includes Mendelssohn's String Symphony no. 1 and Haydn's Symphony no. 49 La Passione. The programme is very much about youth, Mozart was only 18 when he composed his violin concerto and Mendelssohn only 12 when he wrote the string symphony. Further information from the Northern Chamber Orchestra website.

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