07 April 2008

University Wind Orchestra perform in Malta

Last month forty-five music students who form Sheffield University Wind Orchestra travelled to Malta to be musical ambassadors for the city.

In collaboration with the Mediterranean Institute (University of Malta) three concerts were organised with special programmes to fit into local ethos and Holy Week. Concerts took place in Victoria (Gozo), Bormla and Valletta, under the baton of conductor Tony Houghton.

In the final concert at the prestigious Aula Magna Hall in the capital city, the orchestra gave the Maltese premiere of Charles Camilleri’s Il Nostro Tempo (which they have recently recorded and released on CD as part of the University Record Label ‘Jessop.’) Other music included Peter Meechan’s Episodes and Echoes where Leslie Niegh (Tuba) was a soloist in the concert where the President of the Republic of Malta was the honoured chief guest in a specially invited audience! The President said he had a wonderful evening and loved the orchestra’s music making,

The tour was an excellent way to raise the profile of the orchestra, the university, and Sheffield as a whole.

The Orchestra will perform many works from their tour programme in a post-tour concert at The University’s Firth Hall on Sunday 27 April at 7.30pm as part of the University Spring Concert Series.

Tickets for the evening concert are priced £8, £5 (senior citizens) and £2.50 (students and the unwaged) and a complimentary glass of wine is available during the interval. Tickets are available on the door, at the Department of Music, 38 Taptonville Road, or at the University Cash Office, University House, Western Bank.