Titan sound to mark 20th year of town institution

EMERALD ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: Nigel Morley, musical director and principal conductor of the Boston Sinfonia.

EMERALD ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: Nigel Morley, musical director and principal conductor of the Boston Sinfonia.

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One of the most majestic sounds to have ever been unleashed on the Lincolnshire Fens will shake the foundations of St Botolph’s Church, Boston, next Saturday.

Not even an emerald too valuable to price should keep classical music lovers away from Boston Stump on June 11 when the town’s Sinfonia marks its 20th anniversary with a night of spine-tingling proportions in the music of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler.

An orchestra of at least 80 musicians will bring Mahler’s 1st or Titan Symphony to a new level, led by principal conductor Nigel Morley.

The tone of the evening will be set by Welsh pianist Samantha Ward playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, a 34-minute rebellion of a classical composition in which the orchestra serves the piano and not the other way round.

Following Samantha, who learned the piano as an eight-year-old and made her recital debut in 2007, Boston Sinfonia takes centre stage with an hour-long piece written by “a colossus straddling the magic dateline 1900”, according to legendary composer Leonard Bernstein.

Tickets are £10 if bought in advance from Harmony Music, 17 West Street, Boston, or £12 on the door, but free to under-18s.