Orchestra to return to Lowestoft in 2006

The prestigious link between one of the world's best orchestras and Britain's most easterly theatre is set to continue, it was announced last night.

The prestigious link between one of the world's best orchestras and Britain's most easterly theatre is set to continue, it was announced last night.

After the "runaway success" of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's inaugural performance at Lowestoft's Marina Theatre in April, the orchestra will return with shows next year as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

With three performances from world-renowned artists still to come this year, staff at the Marina have confirmed that the residency will "definitely" continue next year and, hopefully, for many years to come.

Announcing that every ticket for remaining 2005 concerts had sold out, theatre manager Martin Halliday said: "I am delighted that this year's series has been such a hit with our patrons and, together with the RPO, I am now working on the programme for next year which we are certain will prove just as popular," he said.


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The gala-opening concert that launched the residency featured soloist Julian Lloyd-Webber and there are more star names to come.

Ian Maclay, managing director of the RPO, said: "The current season at the Marina has been a runaway success.

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"The RPO is very much enjoying the position as resident orchestra and to announce another year is very encouraging indeed. We look forward to offering audiences in Lowestoft and the surrounding area an exciting programme for 2006."

The Royal Philharmonic has invited members from the Lowestoft and Beccles choral societies and the Pakefield Singers to perform alongside the orchestra in a Christmas Gala.

Waveney District Council's portfolio member for operations and facilities Stephen Ardley said: "This is tremendous news for the Marina and the people of Waveney. It was such an honour for Lowestoft to host such a prestigious project and I am delighted that the public have given the first series such great support and we can now look forward to welcoming these world-class musicians next year."

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