It’s ladies’ night with four stars

alison balsom.
alison balsom.

FOUR leading female soloists will join forces for a classical concert in Nottingham on July 5 with a royal theme.

Alison Balsom (trumpet), Nicola Benedetti (violin), Natalie Clein (cello) and Lesley Garrett (soprano and presenter) will be appearing in The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at the Royal Concert Hall, with the event getting under way at 7.30pm.

Sian Edwards will be conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a glittering parade of stunning pieces for soloist and orchestra.

These include Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, the much-loved showpiece for violin and orchestra that has been regularly voted as number one piece in Classic FM’s annual Hall Of Fame, a work steeped in the gentle atmosphere of the English countryside.

It will give former BBC Young Musician Of The Year winner Nicola Benedetti a real chance to shine on the violin.

The same composer’s bustling The Wasps Overture will also feature in the concert.

Also on the programme is Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, in which Alison Balsom comes to the fore, showcasing the talent that has helped her to become one of the brightest stars on the classical music scene in recent years.

Natalie Clein steps into the spotlight for Tchaikovsky’s exquisite and lastingly popular Rococo Variations, for cello and orchestra and presenter Lesley Garrett unveils the vocal skills in Handel’s Let The Bright Seraphim that have won her a place in the affections of classical music lovers. Walton’s Two Pieces From Henry V, Elgar’s Chanson De Matin and Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana are also to be played.

Tickets for the concert cost £17-£42 and are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.