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Harrogate Symphony Orchestra to play first Leeds concert

Harrogate Symphony Orchestra will be performing its first concert in Leeds on 10 November 2013 at the Clothworkers Hall at the University of Leeds Music Department.

Alberto Portugheis will play Leeds Clothworkers Hall with Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Alberto Portugheis will play Leeds Clothworkers Hall with Harrogate Symphony Orchestra

The event is part of the 90-strong orchestra’s drive to attract a wider audience with performances already having taken place in Sheffield and Dewsbury.

The orchestra is well known for innovation in its programme with recent guests including Alison Balsom, The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet. In March 2015 they will be joined by the BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Laura van der Heijden.

The programme for the Leeds event features Rossini’s Semiramide, Figueiras’s Rhapodia Concertante, a lively Argentinean piece brought over especially for the concert, Beethoven’s wonderful 3rd piano concerto and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony.

Bryan Western, the HSO Musical Director and Conductor, is just starting his 29th year with the orchestra and said he was looking forward to welcoming two familiar faces onto the stage.

Brian Western said:

Thie event in Leeds is a really special concert for me as two good friends of mine will be performing some of my favourite music, Alfredo Corral and Alberto Portugheis.

Alfredo Corral, who is guest conductor for the Leeds concert, is a professional pianist and conducts the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra in Buenos Aires. He and Bryan met up in Argentina this summer.

Alberto performed the Grieg piano concerto with the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra at Harrogate’s Royal Hall last year.

With just 160 seats available for the concert advance booking is advised directly through the University booking office with tickets priced at £13 for adults and £4 for students and children.

Book online at or contact Flick McKee on the Harrogate orchestra’s website

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