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Henley Symphony Orchestra

Matilda Lloyd. Ian Brown, Conductor

HSO’s 52nd season opens with a flourish in Reading Concert Hall to the strains of charismatic trumpet player, Matilda Lloyd, playing two staples of the trumpet repertoire: Haydn’s ground-breaking Trumpet Concerto in E flat, written in 1796 for a good friend who had invented a new type of trumpet with five keys; and Copland’s Quiet City, which originated as incidental music for Irwin Shaw’s 1939 play and became famous for the trumpet’s primal mystical opening, evoking the mystery of a city at night.

Brahm’s beautiful Third Symphony was inspired by a visit to the River Rhine in 1883 and written when the composer was at the height of his powers. Much acclaimed on its first performance in Vienna, it has remained a cornerstone of the Romantic classical repertoire.

British trumpeter Matilda Lloyd, 25, is a fast-rising young artist with exceptional poise and musicality. Hailed as “remarkable” by the Daily Telegraph, she is captivating audiences with her artistry and communication, flawless technique and the unique character she brings to each and every work. She was recently featured as one of BBC Radio 3’s 31 Under 31: Young Stars and has performed on Radio 3’s In Tune on many occasions.