Saturday 25th May 7.00pm (finishes approx 9.00pm)
St James' Church *Please note earlier start time

The Festival Academy Orchestra

Thomas Hull conductor
Eric Lu piano


David Matthews

Concerto for Orchestra



Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.1



Variations on an Original Theme Op.36 ‘Enigma’

Tonight’s concert will be a very special event indeed. We open with the world premiere of the concerto for orchestra, written for CCFAO by the eminent composer David Matthews. We are eternally grateful to local resident Roger Grenville-Jones for covering the not inconsiderable cost of this commission.

We are delighted that Eric Lu, first prize winner in the 2018 Leeds International piano competition will then perform Chopin’s first piano concerto, and the 2019 festival concludes with Elgar’s much loved Enigma variations.

“Artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding” The Daily Telegraph, September 2018

Website for David Matthews

Website for Eric Lu


Reserved £40 & £35, Unreserved £24, Students £1

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