Music for a cause

January 9th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Music for a cause

Getting along to see some new music can be a delight but when it is music with a cause it can be even more of a pleasure. On Saturday 12th January 2019 at 7:30 pm the 2019 Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra concert will be held at St Nicholas Church in Harpenden.

The internationally-acclaimed Harpenden cellist, Guy Johnston, will be joining the orchestra as the solo cellist. Guy says he is delighted to be performing in his hometown in support of the A-T Society. Ataxia-Telangiectasia or A-T is a rare and complex genetic disorder. It affects a number of different systems in the body, increasing physical disability, and increasing deficiencies in the immune system leading to frequent colds and infections and the gradual emergence of lung problems. The condition also increases the risk of cancers, particularly leukaemia and lymphoma, while sensitivity to radiation means that radiotherapy should be avoided and x-rays kept to a minimum. 

The Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra is one of Hertfordshire’s premier music ensembles, conducted by James Murray. The orchestra, made up of highly talented amateur musicians from Hertfordshire and nearby counties, has worked with many conductors and soloists, who have gone on to major careers like Guy.

Guy Johnston achieved important early successes through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guillermina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall. His mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and David Waterman.

Every fundraising event, no matter how big or small, will make a difference to the lives of the people living with A-T and continue to raise awareness, as well as offer emotional and practical support for families, commission more medical research and provide a lifeline for everyone affected by A-T. 

The Chamber Orchestra will be playing, Myaskovsky -  Serenade Op. 32/1, Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme Op., R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos’ Overture and Dance Scene, Mozart -Symphony No. 40 (G minor). Tickets cost £12 in advance or £15 on the door for adults and £5 for U16.