Scandinavian orchestra to close the Honiton festival

PUBLISHED: 15:15 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 15 June 2010

Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, one of Sweden s leading ensembles, will be giving the final concert in this year s Honiton Festival.

Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, one of Sweden's leading ensembles, will be giving the final concert in this year's Honiton Festival. This orchestra is well known far beyond the borders of its native land, with performances in many parts of the world, notably throughout Europe, and in America and China.

For their Honiton concert they have chosen a popular programme including the St Paul's Suite, which Gustav Holst wrote for the very talented members of his orchestra at St Paul's School, Hammersmith, and Grieg's Holberg Suite, written in Baroque style to celebrate the bicentenary of the great Norwegian dramatist Ludwig Holberg.

The main work, however, will be Haydn's attractive First Cello Concerto, a work lost and only rediscovered in 1961. Here the soloist will be one of Britain's leading cellists, and a star on the international stage, Guy Johnston.

But the Swedish orchestra is also known for its support of its country's contemporary composers and it will add spice to its programme with Ingvar Lidholm's Music for Strings.

This is likely to be one of the great highlights of the festival and a concert not to be missed. It takes place in St Paul's Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, May 24. Tickets are still available at the Honiton Tourist Information Centre, contact (01404) 43716.

John Dalton

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