This preview featured in Huddersfield Examiner on Friday 14 May 2010.
Nine cellists will line-up to play a concert in Outlane tomorrow (May 15), four months after the original event was called off because of snow.
Bad weather forced the cancellation of the original concert planned for early January. Now the musicians have regrouped to play a concert at Outlane Methodist Church at 7.30pm.
All nine are from the cello section of the Huddersfield Philharmonic led by Wendy Davies. The ensemble will be conducted by George Kennaway, a cellist who played for the Orchestra of Opera North for over 20 years. The soprano soloist will be Charmaine Beaumont.
The musical talent on display bristles with connections with the Huddersfield Philhaarmonic, with Huddersfield Choral Society, or with both.
Charmaine sings in the Choral as does cellist Graham Smelt, who is Consultant ENT surgeon at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Paul Michelson has played cello for the Philharmonic for over 50 years and was president of the Huddersfield Choral Society in its 150th anniversary year.
There is no ticket price but there will be a retiring collection to help the fundraising efforts for the anniversaries of both the Choral Society (175th in 2011) and the Philharmonic (150th in 2012).
The who’s who of the cello section begins on the bottom step of the picture above which was taken at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Leading the picture line-up and the cello section is Wendy Davies, principal cellist who moved to Oxfordshire last Easter but is back for this concert..
Next comes Nikki Hoare who teaches class music in Barnsley. She has moved from London where she played in amateur orchestras and once worked for the Brothers Finn, who invented Sibelius, the music notation and publishing software.
Stepping up is Rachel Wilson who will lead the orchestra’s cello section now that Wendy is leaving. Rachel’s family have had many connections with the orchestra in the past.
Though living in Halifax, Jacqui McIntyre is from Huddersfield and remains loyal to the orchestra of her home town.
Stephanie Eustis is from Barnsley and the orchestra hope that though she is aiming to go to university next year she may stay locally.
When she is not playing cello for the orchestra, Ruth Holmes looks after its publicity. Hilary Garnett is a Huddersfield solicitor and the usual cello section is completed by Esther Wise, a drama teacher from Barnsley, who unfortunately cannot make tomorrow’s concert.
The programme will be announced tomorrow but is likely to include pieces by Villa-Lobos and an arrangement for nine cellos of the second movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.