Space travel provides the theme of tomorrow's family concert with the Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Concert Hall (7pm). Horizons that Sir Patrick Moore revealed to television viewers will be evoked through musical favourites like John Williams' film scores for ET and Star Wars.
In addition the concert contains extracts from popular classical pieces, including the Mars and Jupiter movements of Gustav Holst's Planets suite. Broadcaster Ken Bruce, who introduces the items, features music of many kinds in his radio shows. Besides commenting on the Eurovision song contest, he has presented BBC Proms in the Park and Friday Night is Music Night. Fellow Scotsman Mark Heron, the NPO's music director, was tutored by Sir Colin Davis and Sir Mark Elder, and in 2005 he won the Neeme Järvi conducting competition. Family and other tickets from the Royal Centre.
Family tickets are also on offer for cellist Julian Lloyd Webber's appearance with Nottingham Youth Orchestra in a concert of British masterworks. The younger brother of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Julian is to play Elgar's Cello Concerto, which he recorded in an acclaimed interpretation under Menuhin's baton. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, he completed his studies with Pierre Fournier and made his professional debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in 1972. He has championed pieces by Walton, Bliss and Britten, and his recordings include albums called Made in England, Cello Moods and English Idyll. The NYO's "Best Of British" evening is at the Royal Concert Hall on March 2.
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