Midland Hotel’s classical treat

The Haffner Orchestra
The Haffner Orchestra

People having afternoon tea at Morecambe’s Midland Hotel were in for a treat.

A group of 15 players from the Haffner Orchestra played under the baton of their conductor Justin Doyle.

Justin Doyle

Justin Doyle

One of the listeners said: “I have never been so close to such intense music-making before.

“Such quietness and such passion. To see the conductor communicating with the players, so close up, was a very special experience. The music was marvellous.”

The event was free to passers-by and was a taster for the Haffner’s next concert in Lancaster’s Ashton Hall on Saturday June 18.

The ‘Orchestral Shakespeare’ concert will start at 7.30pm and there will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm by Justin Doyle. Julian Cann will lead the concert.

There will be excerpts from; Nicolai; The Merry Wives of Windsor, Walton; Henry V, Sibelius; The Tempest, Locke; The Tempest, Verdi; Otello, Purcell; The Fairy Queen and Mendelssohn; A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The full orchestra of 65 players will be on the stage for the concert of Shakespeare-related music.

Tickets cost £14 for adults and £13 for concessions, 18 and under go free, students £5, groups buy eight tickets get one free. Ring 01524 582394 or visit www.haffnerorchestra.org.

You can buy tickets from members or at the door if not sold out.