Police Make Music at Symphony Hall

A Chief Constable is urging Shropshire music lovers not to miss a “magical” performance from the British Police Symphony Orchestra - sponsored by a county firm - at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in December.
Billed as one of the finest amateur orchestras in the UK, they are to give a special pre-Christmas matinee for families followed by a foot stomping, flag waving Proms Night Spectacular on December 7.

Staffordshire Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, the orchestra chairman, said the two performances on the same day would be “truly spectacular” with musicians working with police cadets to put on a unique stage performance for the whole family in the afternoon followed by a traditional “Albert Hall” experience in the evening.

He made a special appeal for Shropshire people to support the events which raise money for the orchestra to perform across the country and raise more than £100,000 for charities.
“Some of our musicians have worked with children from three special schools this summer so they could play and experiment with a variety of instruments and try their hand at conducting. Funds from the

Symphony Hall performances mean that they can continue to do such valuable work in the community,” said Mr Cunningham.

The 72 strong police orchestra comprises 28 violins, 10 cellos, 10 violas, full woodwind and brass, percussion and harp as well as two pianists on a grand piano and an organ. All musicians are drawn from across the police forces of the UK and include serving and retired police officers, police staff and other members of the extended police family.

The matinee magic includes Dukas’ Sorceror’s Apprentice, made famous by the 1940s Disney version with Mickey Mouse as well as plenty of audience participation.

The Proms Night Spectacular includes Saint Saens’ thunderous Organ Symphony and other popular French Classics.

A total of 2,000 balloon and fireworks will end the evening extravaganza which includes Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.

Tickets are from £11 available from the Symphony Hall on 0121 345 0603 or through the website www.thsh.co.uk

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