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Lincoln Symphony Orchestra to play new year Viennese Concert at Lincoln Drill Hall

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

  • Classical favourites: The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra will be playing a new year Viennese Concert at Lincoln Drill Hall

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If you think heading to the theatre to enjoy a symphony orchestra play a new year concert means booking a childminder, think again.

"This will be a family concert, suitable for everyone from the youngest to granny," says Tony Gadd talking about the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra's new year Viennese Concert at Lincoln Drill Hall. "It's nice to have young adults and children at the event – that's why it's on a Sunday and in the afternoon."

Ticket prices have even been reduced for under 16s, who can join in for £5 each.

"The music in this concert includes something everyone has heard before and will know. It's such a lovely concert and there will be a chance for some audience participation as well. Everyone will be clapping along to some of it.

"It's always played in Vienna on New Year's Day and we did it for an event to raise money for Help The Heroes."

In January 2011, the orchestra performed the fundraising Viennese Concert at the Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire Showground to around 500 people.

The concert includes waltzes and polkas, as well as the Die Fledermause Overture. Many will have seen the Viennese Concert on television, as it is regularly transmitted live from Vienna on the day. Elements most recognisable include the Champagne Polka and Skater's Waltz. Conductor at Lincoln Drill Hall will be Nick Fallowfield.

Tony, who is patron of Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, a life member and was chairman for 15 years, adds: "Most of it is music from Strauss. It's very popular and this is the third time we have played it. You don't have to be a classical buff to love this one and come to this concert, and we get a lot of people bringing children to it."

The Lincoln Symphony Orchestra has proved its popularity with audiences through longevity after celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. The audience at the Drill Hall will be able to enjoy all sections of a full orchestra showcased at the event.

Tony says: "So there will be the string section with the violins for example, then of course the wind instruments and brass instruments – it's a full orchestra.

"Any children in the audience who play anything will be able to see the instrument they are learning being played.

"Everyone who attends can expect a very lively atmosphere and all can participate in parts of it."

New Year Evergreens, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra: Viennese Concert on Sunday, January 13 (3.30pm). Tickets: £12 (£10 concs, £5 U16s with at least one accompanying adult). Box office: 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

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