Outstanding soloist Yvonne Howard to star in Uttlesforde Orchestra's season opener in Saffron Walden

UTTLESFORDE ORCHESTRA opens its current season of concerts at St Mary s Church Saffron Walden on Saturday October 3 with a performance of Elgar s Sea Pictures. One of Britain s most outstanding mezzo-sopranos, Yvonne Howard will be the soloist. Wel

UTTLESFORDE ORCHESTRA opens its current season of concerts at St Mary's Church Saffron Walden on Saturday October 3 with a performance of Elgar's Sea Pictures.

One of Britain's most outstanding mezzo-sopranos, Yvonne Howard will be the soloist.

Well-known for her operatic roles, Ms Howard has been hailed as one of the finest singing actresses this country has produced following her appearance in the award-winning film, The Death of Klinghoffer on Channel 4, and her success as Leonora in Beethoven's Fidelio.

Sea Pictures consist of a set of beautiful miniatures depicting the sea in all its guises, from calm and peaceful to storm-tossed.

The other major work in the concert is Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony (Pathetique) whose themes are broad, decorative, striking and the orchestration rich.

Tchaikovsky finished the Pathetique as a farewell to life and died nine days after the premi�re. He reportedly proclaimed it to be his finest achievement.

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The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, opens with Liszt's Les Pr�ludes, third of his Symphonic Poems.

Tickets for the concert - �9, �7 for concessions and �2 for children - are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Market Square (01799 524002) or at the door.