ONE of Asia's biggest and best orchestras is coming to Basingstoke.

The Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (SZSO) will perform at The Anvil on Wednesday, March 20, marking their first-ever UK tour.

SZSO's debut UK tour will comprise of a diverse and captivating programme, featuring the inaugural live orchestral performance of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon film score in Britain since its inception.

This prominent event is anticipated to have more than 100 musicians on stage presenting an engaging array of film and orchestral music.

The performance will include compositions by Chausson and Respighi and the iconic music from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon film composed by Tan Dun.

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Basingstoke Gazette: The Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (SZSO) will perform at The Anvil on March 20

SZSO's conductor, Daye Lin, said: "It has been a dream of mine for a long time to bring the China Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra to the UK and we can't wait to perform for UK audiences across the country.

"We hope to welcome orchestral audiences new and old – we've created a programme that includes moments of exciting drama, serene beauty, and virtuosic brilliance, which we know British audiences will enjoy."

The SZSO was founded more than 40 years ago in Shenzhen, a city now known as a global technology hub and China's third most populous city.

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The orchestra symbolises Shenzhen's rich culture under the guidance of Lin, one of China's most exciting young conductors.

The acclaimed violinist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, will join the orchestra to perform Chausson's Poème, a tale about a woman allured by a former lover with an enchanted violin and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

She said: "After touring China in 2019, it will be a joy to have this rare opportunity to perform with a Chinese orchestra in Britain, especially one as exciting as the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra."

Audiences will be transported to the Eternal City with Respighi's Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome.

These lavishly orchestrated tone poems composed for a large orchestra sketch bustling city streets, pastoral scenes, pines under a moonlit sky, and Roman soldiers marching down the Appian Way.

The concert will kick off at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 20.

The stunning event will provide record-breaking and unforgettable performances for orchestral audiences.

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