On Sunday 19th November, Orchestra De Cymru will be putting on a performance at St John the Evangelist, Canton, in memory of Barry Haskey who was Leader of Orchestra De Cymru for many years.
On leaving music college in 1961 Barry Haskey joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) and attended master classes with Henryk Szeryng. In 1967 he left Liverpool to take the position of Associate Leader with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, remaining with the orchestra until he retired in 1996. During his time with the BBC, Barry was invited to lead many other orchestras including the Festival Ballet, Midland Radio & Ulster Orchestras as well as the West of England Philharmonic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London.
In 2004, Barry gave a splendid performance of the ‘Lark Ascending’ with the Orchestra, which will feature in the memorial concert’s programme and will be performed by the fantastic Charlie Lovell Jones.
Rosie de Lloyd, organiser of the event and CEO of delloydmusic, said:
I first met Barry when I was doing freelance work with the BBC. I subsequently started booking him for concerts with my orchestra in the 1990’s. Since then we formed a piano trio & performed at many events including recitals, weddings & care homes.
He has been a loyal friend for so many years and is sadly missed by me as a close friend and as a brilliant leader by our musicians. This concert will reflect music that he loved including some beautiful violin solos played by our leader, Paula Kempton. The highlight of the concert will be Lark Ascending, performed by the amazing Charlie Lovell Jones, a violinist from Cardiff who is recognised as one of the most promising international soloists of his generation.
Martyn Owen, conductor and double bassist, has worked for many orchestras and will be conducting the performance on Sunday 19th November. Martyn was a founder member, Board member and Deputy Chair of Arts Taunton and is pleased to have been appointed as a Director of Orchestra De Cymru.
The event will be presented by Beverley Humphreys MBE. Beverley comes from Pontypridd and began her singing career with Welsh National Opera. She now presents her own show on BBC Radio Wales ‘Beverley’s World of Music’ and has presented the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on several occasions.
Tickets are £20, £15 for concessions and children under 12 are free. The tickets will be available at the door on the night or from firstname.lastname@example.org
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