Blackburn Classics: Manchester Camerata at King George’s Hall

Mendelssohn Overture: The Hebrides
Hummel Trumpet Concerto
Haydn Trumpet Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’

Jessica Cottis conductor
Tine Thing Helseth trumpet

‘Probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ (The Times), Manchester Camerata returns to King George’s Hall for an evening of popular classics, featuring two of today’s most eminent female artists, Norwegian trumpet sensation, Tine Thing Helseth, and Australian born conductor, Jessica Cottis.

Since Tine Thing Helseth’s debut at the 2013 BBC Proms, she has collected many nominations and awards for her open and lyrical music-making throughout the world. She plays two favourites of the trumpet repertoire: by Hummel (a contemporary of Beethoven, and influence on Mendelssohn, Schumann and Chopin), and after the interval, the deservedly-popular concerto by Haydn.

Known for her communicative powers with audiences, Tine joins the orchestra for concertos by Hummel and Haydn, both renowned for their virtuosic writing and infectious melodies.

Completing the programme, Mendelssohn’s overture takes us on an evocative tour of Scotland, inspired by the composer’s time in the Highlands – a musical journey encompassing misty peaks, bagpipes and highland dancing.

In 1829, Walter Scott’s Waverley novels were taking Europe by storm, and the 20-year old Mendelssohn visited Scott’s birthplace during his own grand tour to Scotland.

The basalt columns and seascape of Staffa’s Fingal’s Cave impressed him; he wrote home with a fragment of the music which was to become ‘The Hebrides’. Holyrood Abbey’s ruins seen at dusk inspired the atmospheric opening of his popular Scottish Symphony.

It overflows with creativity, taking in a virtuosic scherzo as well as a final flourish (a ‘hooley’ by any other name) to bring the Camerata’s concert to a boisterous conclusion.

Pre-Concert Talk: Why not hear the musicians talk about the concert repertoire being performed? The talks will commence on the raked seating at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £3 and can be booked from the Box Office or online for each concert. Entry to the talks is free of charge for pre-concert supper diners.

Pre-Concert Supper: Enjoy a two or three course meal in Blakey’s from 4.30pm on the evening of the concert. Reserve your seats online when you book tickets or make call 01254 582879 (Option 1). Reservations are required and early booking is recommended.


VENUE: King George’s Hall, Northgate, Blackburn. BB2 1AA
DATE: Friday 2nd March, 2018
TIME: 7:30pm
TICKET PRICE: From £16 – £3 for students in full time education

Tickets are available
Online here
By Phone: 0844 847 1664
In Person: King George’s Hall Box Office, Northgate, Blackburn.