The Redbridge Youth Orchestra at 50: Reunited

In the late 1960s, a group of young musicians from Redbridge descended on Aldeburgh to soak up some of the town’s musical heritage. Now, decades later, these young musicians return to Aldeburgh.


The Redbridge Youth Orchestra at 50 will return to Aldeburgh this February to give a special reunion performance on Saturday 11th at %pm in the Jubilee Hall. Organiser Roderick Elms tells us that “this informal concert affords the opportunity to bring the ex-members together by making music in surroundings that most will not have been in since our orchestral rehearsals of the late sixties. During our weeks in Aldeburgh we always gave an Informal Concert for the people of Aldeburgh.”

Whether you remember the concerts of yesteryear or you’d just like to come along and show your support for this musical reunion, and for the charitable causes it supports, it promises to be a wonderful show. The music will range from Vivaldi’s Concerto for four violins, through Popper’s fabulous ‘Requiem’ for three cellos, to Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Mirlitons

Many of the members of the orchestra have continued to play, most notably Bramwell Tovey, who is Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. However, others will not have played their instruments for some 20-30 years, which will make for a fascinating and meaningful performance. As Roderick Elms says, this will be “a very special opportunity to let music bring us together, rekindle some great friendships, and also raise money for a very worthwhile cause.”

So if you want to support this unique musical reunion, then make sure you are at the Jubilee Hall at 5:00pm on Saturday 11th Feb.

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