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The Lord Rhodes Concert - Northern Chamber Orchestra

June 14, 2015, 7.30pm, St Chad's Church, Uppermill, Parish Centre, Station Road, Uppermill, Oldham, OL3 6LW
Tickets: £17.50

An evening of music inspired by the English countryside including Delius, Vaughan Williams and the work of two local composers William Walton and Peter Martin with a specially commissioned piece celebrating the 800th anniversary of St Chad’s Church, Uppermill.

Peter Martin was born in West Yorkshire. He studied both violin and viola with Suzanne Rozsa and Nannie Jamieson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 1978. In 1986 he was appointed Head of Strings for a LEA music service in Greater Manchester. In addition to his duties as a teacher, Peter has performed regularly throughout the north of England as a free-lance violinist/violist. He has also written and arranged a great deal of educational string music, much of which has been published. His pieces regularly appear on the A.B.R.S.M. string examinations syllabus. In August 2011 he retired from teaching in order to devote more time to writing and arranging. 

The Northern Chamber Orchestra was formed in the 1960s and has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts, tackling a wide range of repertoire from Corelli through to Stravinsky and present day composers.  The NCO is internationally renowned from its recordings, of which there are over forty.  The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who play as principals with other orchestras and regularly appear as soloists. The Northern Chamber Orchestra is proud to be 'Orchestra in Residence' at Manchester Metropolitan University and Blackburn Cathedral and for its long association with Buxton Festival.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Lord Rhodes of Saddleworth, Festival Founder and President 1957–1987.

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