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Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen tops the bill for Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra's 2014 series of classical concerts

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen

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CHELTENHAM Symphony Orchestra have announced this year’s series of classical concerts with a young violinist leading the charge.

West Country talent Tamsin Waley-Cohen tops the bill for the programme which sees three concerts at Pittville Pump Room in Spring and a gala concert at Cheltenham Town Hall in December.

Tamsin, cousin of Gold Cup-winning jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, will perform one violin concerto in each concert; Brahms, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

She last played with the CSO in their summer tour of Annecy in France.

“I’m delighted to be returning as associate artist to the CSO, after two very enjoyable concerts in Annecy last summer,” Tamsin says. “Together we will be exploring three of the greatest violin concertos, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Brahms, all of which I am greatly looking forward to.”

For the December concert the orchestra will be joined by internationally-acclaimed cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber who lives in Chipping Campden.

Together they will play Elgar’s Cello Concerto, arguably the composer’s deepest and most poignant work.

“I have wonderful memories of my last performance of the Delius Cello Concerto with the CSO,” Julian says.

“And now I look forward to another collaboration with that greatest of British cello concertos – the Elgar.”

The orchestra will also present four symphonies during the series; Dvorak, Borodin, Schubert and Tchaikovsky.

The orchestra’s musical director, David Curtis, said: “The ability of the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra to attract soloists of the calibre of Julian Lloyd Webber and Tasmin Waley-Cohen is the very finest recognition of the excellent standard of the CSO.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our audiences to hear world class soloists performing with Cheltenham’s own symphony orchestra.”

The Spring concerts take place on February 1, March 8 and May 17 at Pittville Pump Room and mark your diary for the gala finale at Cheltenham Town Hall on December 5. For tickets, call 0844 576 2210.

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