RESIDENTS are being invited to join the Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra for their Spring Soiree concert at The Anvil.

The orchestra will be heading to town on Sunday alongside soloist, British flautist Sarah Parkes-Bowen who will play Bach’s famous Suite No.8 in B minor.

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra has always been hugely passionate about promoting and progressing the careers of talented classical musicians, like Sarah.

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They do this by playing alongside them at the theatre in Basingstoke.

Sarah has a musical background and she has recently completed a postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music in London where she gained her Master of Performance on the flute.

She studied with the renowned professors, Gitte Marcusson and Simon Channing.

As part of her entrance scholarship to the Royal College of Music Sarah performed at the Fishmonger’s Company’s Annual Livery Concert, hosted by Princess Anne.

Prior to this, she spent a year abroad at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Castilla y León whilst studying for her BMus at Leeds University.

The Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra is known for having a rich heritage and is now 92-years-old, with 60 regular members who play to a high standard musically.

The orchestra is an entirely voluntary group of musicians from the local community who often rehearse at Aldworth School weekly and play concerts at The Anvil just three times a year, which makes the spring concert one not to be missed.

The orchestra is always looking to increase its membership, sponsors and patrons.

The spring concert will include Smetana’s wonderfully descriptive symphonic poem Vltava, from Ma Vlast, Schubert’s beautiful unfinished symphony and Bach’s famous B minor suite for flute and strings.

On the occasion of the orchestra’s debut at The Anvil in June 1995, all 1,400 seats were filled to hear the orchestra with Lesley Garrett and James Lisney.

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Lesley Garrett is now a patron of The Anvil and returned to perform with the orchestra in 1997 when she reiterated her admiration for the orchestra’s high standard and ability to play with comfort such wide variety of musical styles.

As of today they play a wide variety of music from Beethoven and Camille Saint-Seans to the modern classics of John Williams.

Further information about the concert and a taster of Sarah playing the Bach Suite can be found by visiting:

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Kimberley Barber.