TWO of the city's big guns will be in action again shortly.
Plymouth Philharmonic Choir opens its new season on Sunday, December 2, in the Guildhall at 7.30pm with an interesting combination of familiar, and less well-known works – Elgar's The Music Makers, Poulenc's Gloria, and Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens.
Talking about the Elgar, mezzo-soprano soloist Alison Kettlewell said: "I feel particularly moved when I sing this work as it's so autobiographical.
"You can hear his Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures, the violin and cello concertos, even the Enigma variations.
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"It is certainly an evocative and deeply-personal setting of the words expressing Elgar's own struggles in his musical life, something which all musicians can probably relate to!"
Soprano soloist Catherine Hamilton has equally strong thoughts about the Poulenc: "As a very young singer, singing with a full orchestra was a scary, yet wonderfully thrilling experience.
"I do, however, remember singing the work in France when I was pregnant and each time the brass section started its fanfare, my stomach just went crazy!"
Hopefully things will be a lot smoother this time, for choir, orchestra and soloists, under conductor Christopher Fletcher's baton.
Plymouth Symphony Orchestra, on the other hand, has opted for some really popular items when it returns to the Guildhall on Wednesday, November 28, at 7.30pm.
Sibelius's rousing Finlandia gets the programme off with a swing, before the orchestra is joined by pianist Mark Cracknell in Schumann's Piano Concerto – a work of great lyricism, rather than a mere virtuoso showpiece.
Mark combines a performing career with the day-to-day duties as Taunton School's Director of Music, and has performed throughout the UK and abroad, working with many world-renowned musicians like trumpeters Crispian Steele-Perkins and Alison Balsom.
The evening concludes with Rachmaninov's Symphony No 2, a work brimming with lyrical melodies, all imbued with a unique Russian Romanticism. Anne Kimber conducts, with Paul Mathews leading the eighty-strong orchestra.
Strictly Come Dancing piano accordionist Karen Street is at Plymouth University's Sherwell Centre on Wednesday, November 28, at 7.30pm in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. Admission is free, with a parting donation invited.
Further details of most events mentioned can be found online at Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary.