What makes an orchestra like HCO tick? Fundamentally, it is the deep desire of a dedicated group of musicians to enjoy, together, something profoundly important to them and to share this experience with the wider community. It has already built a loyal following and has played a wide variety of music in different styles and genres, often collaborating with guest instrumentalists and singers, and receiving comments such as “wonderful”, “the best concert I’ve heard in St.Mary’s” (Concertos by Candlelight) and “magnificent evening”, “We’re so lucky to have such talented musicians in our lovely town!” (Jazz, Song and Strings.)

The final concert this season is a "Festival of English Music"; it will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Hitchin on July 13th at 7:30pm. There will be the trademark mix of familiar and unfamiliar pieces to listen to and it is hoped to introduce some real gems, taking the audience through a wide spectrum of sound and emotion. Works to be performed include, among others, Vaughan Williams’ "Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis", Elgar’s beautiful "Serenade for Strings" and the Malcolm Arnold "Flute concerto, No.1" with soloist Emma Halnan, winner of the BBC Young Musician Woodwind category, 2010. The orchestra is also delighted to announce that it will be giving a World Premiere of an arrangement for string orchestra of Herbert Howells' "Master Tallis's Testament". Originally composed for organ, this arrangement has been made by the conductor for the evening, Rufus Frowde.

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