Hull Philharmonic Orchestra to perform first live concert in 17 months this Saturday

Hull’s main classical music concert orchestra will get back into the swing for the first time this weekend since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Musicians in the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra last performed together in February last year at Hull City Hall.

They had just started rehearsals for their next scheduled concert in the following May when the pandemic hit.

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Since then, four planned concerts have bene cancelled.

But on Saturday, members of the orchestra will perform together again in a lunchtime concert at Hull Minster in the city centre with a programme featuring works by Florence Price, Glinka and Brahms.

Musical director Andrew Penny said the aim of staging a concert in the historic church was to create a relaxed atmosphere for both musicians and the audience.



Hull Minster
Hull Minster

“The idea was built around it being a nice airy space where we will play a short daytime concert with no interval, allowing people to come and hear us while taking trip into Hull.

“I had in my mind that the concert could also provide an opportunity for people to reflect on the pandemic and remember people who are no longer with us as a result.

“Coincidently, this weekend has turned into a mini-music festival of different genres in the city with the Humber Sesh Festival’s Inner City Sesh in Queens Gardens and Turn and Face the Strange is also on at Hull Truck.”

Mr Penny will conduct the concert as he enters his final season with the orchestra before retiring from the role.



Andrew Penny from the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Penny from the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra

He admitted the pandemic had been tough for the orchestra with members being unable to play together in a full group.

“We kept in touch with social Zoom calls to which everyone was invited, and some players got together in smaller groups when rules permitted,” he said.

“Our first rehearsal for this for the concert was sensational. After so long apart it felt wonderful for everyone.

“We will be seated a little differently to allow for a bit of social distancing with string players having a music stand each instead of sharing.”

Saturday’s concert takes place from 12.30pm to 1.45pm.

Ticket prices are £10 and £5 and can be bought via the Hull Minster website. There will be tickets available on the door if the concert has not sold out in advance.

The orchestra will resume playing at the City Hall in November with a concert of requested favourites followed by another request concert in February.

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