Haffner director marks 10 years with special concert

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Lancaster’s very own symphony orchestra is celebrating ten years with its musical director Natalia Luis-Bassa this year.

The Haffner Orchestra performs a special concert on February 15 at 7.30pm with Natalia and Kathryn Stott at Lancaster University’s Great Hall.

Natalia is described as a dynamic and charismatic conductor. She said recently: “One of the things that makes the Haffner so successful is its members and all the love and passion they give.”

Originally from Venezuela, she studied music as a child, and was part of the world-famous Il Sistema, which teaches that children who are given a musical instrument benefit hugely in social ways. She was the first person to obtain a degree in orchestral conducting in her native country. On coming to the UK, she studied at the Royal College of Music in London, and is now a professor of conducting there, and is also music director of the National Children’s Orchestra.

The 45 strong amateur orchestra started 36 years ago as a small orchestra, named after the Salzburg Haffner family who were important patrons of Mozart.

To celebrate Natalia’s tenth year, Kathryn Stott will play Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. For more info and tickets visit www.haffnerorchestra.org or call 01524 582394.

Full details of the concert:

Saturday 15th February 2014 7.30pm

Soloist: Kathryn Stott (piano)

Conductor: Natalia Luis-Bassa

6.30pm pre-concert talk by Kathryn Stott