Warm up with Russian night for romantics at Cranwell

Lincolnshire Philharmonia Orchestra conductor Rodney Dunk.
Lincolnshire Philharmonia Orchestra conductor Rodney Dunk.
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Classical music fans will be treated to a varied programme of Russian romantic music to warm a cold winter’s evening at RAF College Cranwell.

The concert takes place at the Whittle Hall at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 8 and will feature the Lincolnshire Philharmonia Orchestra (LPO).

The conductor will be Roderick Dunk, one of Britain’s most versatile musicians, who for more than 20 years has been a regular guest conductor for the long-running series Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2.

The concert begins with Tchaikovsky’s well-known Nutcracker Suite, including Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Waltz of the Flowers.

The orchestra’s leader, Caroline Siriwardena, is the soloist in the beautiful Vocalise by Rachmaninov and then the first half concludes with a pot-pourri of items from Khachaturian’s ballet suite Gayaneh, an Armenian love story.

The second half starts in ceremonial style with the Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov and the concert concludes with the Symphony No. 2 in B minor by Alexander Borodin, a work full of Russian folk-style melodies.

Founded by Malcolm Goodman in 2001, the LPO has a unique musical partnership between professional musicians from the Band of the RAF College and the Band of the RAF Regiment, both based at RAF College Cranwell, and other instrumentalists from around the region.

Tickets for the concert are £6 for adults and £3 for accompanied under 16s from 07977 803621 or online at www.notelink.org