Great Yarmouth international concert series

Tony Cooper Great Yarmouth's international concert series kicks off on Wednesday November 19 with a high-profile visit by the Munich KlangVerwaltung Orchestra, conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg, in the Hippodrome Circus.

Tony Cooper

Great Yarmouth's international concert series kicks off on Wednesday November 19 (7.30pm), with a high-profile visit by the Munich KlangVerwaltung Orchestra, conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg, in the Hippodrome Circus - a building boasting a wonderful ambience with superb acoustics, in which the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recently played to great public acclaim.

Not only is the Hippodrome hosting one of Europe's finest orchestras but it finds itself in the enviable position of hosting one of the world's most distinguished pianists, John Lill. He's well remembered as the first foreign pianist to win the coveted Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970.

Widely regarded as the leading British pianist of his generation, his career has taken him all over the world guesting with practically all of the world's leading orchestras ranging from the London Symphony to the Seattle Symphony. He has also given over 30 BBC Promenade concerts and his extensive repertoire includes more that 70 concerti.

For Great Yarmouth, however, he'll play one of his favourites - Mozart's 20th piano concerto - while the orchestra will be heard in Beethoven's mighty Eroica symphony and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. A powerful programme!

The series - organised by SeaChange Arts, cultural providers to the Borough of Great Yarmouth - continues next year with two further concerts. Award-winning cellist Julian Lloyd-Webber will be heard in Elgar's immortal cello concerto with the Russian State Philharmonic conducted by Valery Poliansky on Wednesday February 4 (7.30pm), while Ernst Kovacik will play Beethoven's violin concerto with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Lothar Zagrosek on Sunday March 15 (7.30pm).

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The orchestras then take over with the Russian State giving its all with Rimsky-Korsakov's exciting Russian Easter Festival Overture and Tchaikovsky's Pathetique symphony while the Berlin Symphony open with Haydn's Surprise symphony and ends with Mendelssohn's popular Italian symphony.

Tickets (per concert) are £27.50/£25.50 with concessions at £26.50 /£24.50 respectively. They are available from the Hippodrome box office on 01493 844172 or from the Norwich Theatre Royal box office on 01603 630000, or online at http:/bookings.yarmouthhippodrome.co.uk