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Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra and the Grand Willis Organ together with acclaimed soloists – October 30th 7.30 pm

An outstanding evening of classical music is taking place on 30th October 2012 with what is believed to be the first orchestral classical music concert at Alexandra Palace in over 30 years – since 1980 when the BBC broadcast a concert of light classical music to accompany a “Tea Dance”.

The Grand Willis Organ will be the centrepiece of the concert, giving people the chance to hear the superb tones of what is regarded as Henry Willis’ finest creation and an internationally renowned Victorian musical masterpiece.

The Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mark Messenger will make its debut, in this collaboration concert with the Alexandra Palace Organ Society, featuring acclaimed soloist David Aprahamian Liddle, organist and composer.  All funds will go towards the further restoration of the organ.

The world renowned Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra will be under the direction of Mark Messenger, much in demand internationally as a solo recitalist as well as leader of the European Chamber Opera and Docklands Sinfonietta.  Messenger has played as soloist and chamber musician in all of London’s major concert halls and throughout the world.  Appearing in many national and international festivals, Messenger has broadcast many times on television and radio, and has recorded for six labels.

The Grand Willis Organ will be played by David Aprahamian Liddle MA (Cantab.) FRCO ARCM, organist of St. Barnabas Pimlico.   Liddle gave the inaugural recital at Alexandra Palace, near his home in North London, at the completion of the first phase of the organ’s restoration. In 1991 he broadcast from Ally Pally, becoming Honorary Resident Organist in 1992. Between 1991 and 1993 Liddle arranged a series of Sunday afternoon prom concerts at Alexandra Palace with guest players and gave recitals there in 2011 and 2012.

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