Yorkshire musicians in open-air concert

The crowd wait for the start of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, performamce an all-Tchaikovsky programme in Trafalgar Square, central London as part of the orchestra's annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics series. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
The crowd wait for the start of the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, performamce an all-Tchaikovsky programme in Trafalgar Square, central London as part of the orchestra's annual BMW LSO Open Air Classics series. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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TWO YORKSHIRE musicians were involved in a novel open-air concert in the heart of London tonight.

Anna Bastow, who plays the viola, and Gerry Ruddock, who plays the trumpet, were part of the London Symphony Orchestra which played in Trafalgar Square last night.

They performed three works by Tchaikovsky including the 1812 Overture and Symphony Number Four in the free concert.

They were conducted by Valery Gergiev and young musicians from the LSO’s On Track scheme for children joined them, together with students from the Guildhall School of Music.

This was the fifth successive year that the open-air concert has taken place and some 20,000 people are believed to have been in the audience.

Ms Bastow, 34, who grew up in Beverley in East Yorkshire and played for the East Riding Youth Orchestra, said: “I have played these open-air concerts in each of the five years I have been with the LSO and it is a great party atmosphere.

“You get classical music fans and people who just happen upon us in Trafalgar Square, which is great.

“We reach a different type of audience which is fantastic.”

Mr Ruddock, 62, who was born in Saltburn and who grew up in Redcar, said: “This is a fantastic event which I have been involved with for quite a few years now.

“There are thousands of people watching and listening and it is great to reach out to them.”