It has been described in Waveney as the “jewel in the district’s crown”.

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And 10 years on, the partnership between Lowestoft and the world famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra shows no sign of waning.

Back in 2004, the Marina Theatre secured a major cultural coup by becoming an official “home” of the RPO.

It has led to local audiences enjoying concerts featuring about 200 works by a range of composers.

Meanwhile, the RPO has become involved in a number of educational and community projects in the Lowestoft area.

More than 4,000 schoolchildren across the region have had the opportunity to watch the RPO in rehearsals, with the project even featuring in a television documentary series aimed at motivating teachers.

The RPO’s first concert at the Marina in April 2005 – featuring cellist Julian Lloyd Webber performing works by Elgar, Holst and Tchaikovsky – was a sell-out, and
it was followed by three more that year.

Since then, the link has been hailed as one of the most successful of its kind in the UK, bringing a host of renowned conductors, musicians and soloists to Lowestoft – including Lesley Garrett, Jack Leibeck, Tasmin Little, Derek Han, Wynne Evans, Chloe Hanslip and Piers Lane.

Praising the atmosphere he encountered at the opening gala concert, Julian Lloyd Webber said: “I urge all music lovers in Lowestoft and the surrounding area to join in and support the wonderful, world class series of concerts given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Marina Theatre.

“I played at the very first of this series back in 2005 and was entranced by the theatre’s intimacy and excellent acoustics.”

The Marina Theatre’s relationship with the RPO is now a cornerstone of its programme, attracting audiences not just from Waveney but from across the region and beyond.

This month marks an historic tenth year of residency for the RPO at the Marina Theatre, with the first concert next Friday featuring pianist Freddy Kempf celebrating the works of Beethoven.

To book your seats, ring the theatre box office on 01502 533200 or visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk
Have you got a Lowestoft story? Email mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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