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HSO teams up with young cello star for annual Winter Concert

HSO teams up with young cello star for annual Winter Concert


Harrogate Symphony Orchestra’s annual Winter Concert will showcase the talent of rising national and international cello star, Philip Higham.

Edinburgh-born Higham, who has appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Kammerorchester in Leipzig, will be playing alongside HSO in a performance of Elgar’s popular Cello Concerto.

The first British cellist in generations to win top prizes at three major international competitions, including 1st Prize in the 2008 Bach Leipzig and 2009 Lutoslawski Competitions, his performance will offer the opportunity to witness the growing talent of one of the UK’s brightest musical stars.

The evening’s programme will also include Hamish MacCunn’s 1887 overture The Land of the Mountain and the Flood, a musical depiction of Scotland’s landscape and the composer’s best-known piece, followed by the enduring classic and landmark of the Romantic era, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Conductor Bryan Western, who has led the orchestra for the past 26 years, said the Winter Concert was a highlight of the orchestra’s year.

Bryan Western said:

This is one of our biggest events and with the appearance of Philip Higham we’re expected a high demand for tickets.

We’re very honoured to have secured the talents of such a popular young cellist to play alongside Harrogate’s symphony orchestra and we hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this opportunity to hear him play here in Yorkshire.


HSO teams up with young cello star

The HSO Winter Concert will be held at the Royal Hall on Saturday November 19 at 7pm. Tickets are available from Harrogate Theatre box office on 01423 502 116 or online at

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