Conductors and friends Paul Ingram and Craig Lawton laid on a fabulous musical banquet for a large, enthusiastic audience at the Turner Sims on Sunday.

Following previous marathon performances (all 104 Haydn symphonies in three days for Comic Relief, followed by all nine Beethoven symphonies in a weekend), they conceived of a day devoted to some of Tchaikovsky's masterpieces, performed in three concerts, morning, afternoon and evening.

Brilliant soloists Laura Rickard (violin) and Keelan Carew (piano), plus a full symphony orchestra played their hearts out, and the Mountbatten Hospice benefitted from a charity event that this music lover will cherish forever. 

Paul and Craig in the programme describe the event as their 'final hurrah', but we should definitely demand an 'encore'! 

Lindley Owen

Wyndham Drive


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