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An orchestral celebration at Thornton Little Theatre

Published: Wednesday, 03 May 2017

An orchestral celebration at Thornton Little Theatre

Local orchestra Phoenix Strings is returning to Thornton Little Theatre later this year with a special celebratory concert to mark their 10th anniversary.

The community based orchestra was first established in 2007 by John Foster, a well-known professional violinist, teacher and conductor whose vision was to provide a supportive opportunity for adult string players to gain experience in playing in an ensemble. Over the past 10 years the orchestra has realised that vision, performing many concerts with a repertoire of popular classics and light music and working in combination with many other musical groups.

Members of Phoenix Strings come from a variety of different backgrounds and although the membership has evolved over time, there are still a number of musicians who were there at the very beginning. The musical directorship of the orchestra is now with Gill Hume, a local violin teacher and the ethos of encouraging, educating and supporting adult late starters or returners to music continues.

Gill comments, “As the new musical director of Phoenix Strings, I am delighted to have the opportunity to present our 10th anniversary concert and we are thrilled to return to Thornton Little Theatre.

“We last performed here in a joint concert with the Capricorn Singers in December 2015. As a locally based orchestra meeting weekly at All Saints Church in Anchorsholme, it seems appropriate that we should mark our 10th anniversary with a concert in our local theatre. This anniversary concert is a celebration of the orchestra and all the members, past, present, and departed, and the programme will reflect the favourites chosen by the members, plus a few new pieces. This will range from baroque music, through to folk songs and popular classics. We hope the local community come to support us and enjoy a night of celebration and entertainment - here’s to the next 10 years!”

Phoenix Strings 10th anniversary concert is at Thornton Little Theatre on Sunday 2 July at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale and are £7 for adults, £2 for under 18s. To book call the Wyre Theatres box office on 01253 887693 or book online here.