Classical preview: Spring chamber concerts

MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Violinist Hans-Peter Hofmann leads the orchestra.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Violinist Hans-Peter Hofmann leads the orchestra.
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Amidst the proliferation of disinformation that’s been circulating in recent months, comes the news that a major British orchestra is departing to Brussels, adding to the confusion by naming it as the European Union Chamber Orchestra who are appearing in the Leeds Town Hall next Saturday.

Created in 1981 as a musical ambassador and showcase for the European Union, and financed by the European Commission in Brussels, it has brought together a chamber group of between fifty and sixty outstanding young professional musicians who annually tour the whole of Europe, and at times venturing further abroad to much acclaim.

As part of their Spring Season of UK concerts, they bring to Leeds the charismatic winner 
of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, the 17-year-old cellist, Sheku Kenneth-Mason. He will be the soloist in Haydn’s delightful Cello Concerto, the very varied programme opening with the familiar Suite from Handel’s Water Music. Delius’s atmospheric Two Aquarelles, and Mozart’s Twenty-ninth Symphony complete the 
evening.

The orchestra, which also appears in Bradford Cathedral (April 20), is directed in both concerts by the German-born, Hans-Peter Hofmann, a product of the orchestra, having been appointed its concert-master in 2007, while he has also continued to enjoy a career as a distinguished concert violinist.

Leeds tickets on 0113 3760318 or www.leedsconcertseason.com; Bradford tickets on 01274 432000 or www.bradford-theatres.co.uk