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Prestigious orchestra to return to Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 10:35 02 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:44 01 July 2010

One of the world's finest orchestras will be returning to play a series of concerts in Lowestoft this summer for the sixth time.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has announced that it is continuing its residency at the Marina Theatre into a sixth year.

One of the world's finest orchestras will be returning to play a series of concerts in Lowestoft this summer for the sixth time.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has announced that it is continuing its residency at the Marina Theatre into a sixth year.

Over the past five years, the residency has seen world famous musicians, soloists and conductors come to Lowestoft, with the link hailed as one the most successful of its kind throughout the UK.

Fears were raised last year that the successful link between the theatre and the town might have to come to an end, but RPO managing director Ian Maclay said that musicians were looking forward to coming back to Lowestoft.

He said: "The last five years as resident orchestra at the Marina Theatre have proved an enormous success and we were delighted to announce a sixth year of concerts.

"The orchestra greatly enjoys its association with Lowestoft, and the support that we have received from local audiences is very important to us. We look forward to continuing the residency in 2010 with a series of first-class concerts, featuring popular classical works alongside some special items from the world of film and opera."

Theatre manager Martin Halliday said: "We are extremely proud of our association with the RPO and are delighted that they agreed to extend their residency at the Marina.

"The past few years have enabled us to present some of the finest musicians in the world here on stage in Lowestoft; it is a great honour that the orchestra have agreed to further extend their residency and shows a great deal of faith in both the future of the Marina, its management and audience."

This year's series of concerts starts with a spectacular Beethoven Gala on Saturday, April 24. The programme for the opening concert, which will be conducted by Dionysios Dervis-Bournias, includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No 5 and Symphony No 6 and features piano soloist Derek Han.

For more information and to book tickets, telephone the Marina Theatre box office on 01502 533200.

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