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February, a feast for the ears

Algarve Orchestra (OA) has announced its programme of concerts for February.

It will be reintroducing its educational concerts season, with the first performance, conducted by Jan Wierzba, scheduled for February 7 at Faro’s Teatro das Figuras at 10.30am.

Sponsored by Caixa Geral de Depósitos and supported by the Regional Department of Education, the educational concerts programme takes classical music to schools, where children and youngsters can learn about the work of the musicians and their instruments.

On February 11, Portimão’s municipal theatre TEMPO will be hosting the OA with a soloists concert at 9.30pmfeaturing Emil Chitakov (violin) and Nguyen Nguyet Thu (viola), under the direction of British conductor John Avery. They will be playing works by Mozart and Haydn.

Promenade Concerts will then take place on February 19 at Teatro das Figuras in Faro at noon and Lagoa Municipal Auditorium at 4.30pm, where audiences will learn about string music under the direction of Pedro Neves.

Later in the month, on February 24 and 25, the musicians will be at Albufeira Municipal Auditorium and São-Brás Cine-Teatro respectively, with a repertoire of classical music by British composers, led by maestro John Avery.

Musical direction for these concerts will be by Rui Pinheiro, currently associate conductor at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in the UK.

Reader Anne Wilcox went along to see the Algarve Orchestra at Faro’s University of the Algarve on January 28 and told the Algarve Resident about her experience.

She said: “I had the pleasure of attending this concert along with only about 50 others and it was an absolute delight. “The choice of music went from What shall we do with the drunken sailor through to Danny Boy, or Londonderry Aire to give it the proper title, to In an English Country Garden and ending in great style with Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance, Nimrod and Land of Hope and Glory.

“I have no technical skills about the working of an orchestra but I do know that this was a delight to the ears. Thank you, John Avery. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

“The thing I find sad about it all is the low number of attendees. I don’t know if it is caused by the lack of advertising or what, but, trust me, if you get the chance go and see them. They are a feast for the ears.

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