Hertford Symphony Orchestra is deep in preparation for its Gala Concert with international pianist Stephen Hough. The prestigious concert takes place on Saturday 18th March in Hertford Theatre where Mr Hough will be performing Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto.
Stephen Hough’s concert season includes an extensive tour of Asia and the USA where he is playing the complete Beethoven cycle with world-class orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic. HSO’s conductor, Tom Hammond says, "to attract an artist of Stephen Hough's standing to Hertford is quite incredible. We performed together at Leeds Town Hall in 2016, and from that experience I know his technical precision is matched by his overwhelming desire to communicate with the audience. Opportunities to hear a musican of this calibre outside of major concert halls don't come by often, and HSO is thrilled to welcome him'.
HSO will also be performing Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony at the gala concert together with a newly commissioned piece by British composer Will Handysides. Will attended school in Hertford and played with HSO before attending Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he received a First Class Honours degree. He won the TCM Silver Medal for Composition in 2014.
HSO is known as an ambitious non-professional orchestra with high standards. Recent performances have included Pétroushka, Nielsen Symphony No. 5, Mahler Symphony No. 5, a semi-staged performance of Sibelius' score for The Tempest, and a world premiere of music by Bernard Hughes with live narration and illustration by James Mayhew. The orchestra takes pride in reaching out to local music students and children by offering musical opportunities and reduced price tickets. HSO performs regularly at both Hertford Theatre and the Ware Drill Hall and support continues to grow locally as their concerts attract an increasingly diverse audience.