Published: 16/06/2014 11:32 - Updated: 16/06/2014 11:43

Much travelled German ensemble has a date in Inverness

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne.
Chamber Philharmonia Cologne.

LIVING up their motto of "classical music the world over", Germany’s Chamber Philharmonia Cologne return to the Highlands this summer after fitting in a tour of Australia and New Zealand.

"The objective is simple — we want to inspire as many people as possible across all generations to enjoy classical music," ensemble spokesman Jens Kehling said.

"The popularity of our ensemble is reflected in the fact that the Chamber Philharmonia Cologne gives around 300 concerts a year around the globe and listeners throughout the world look forward to a musical encounter with our exceptionally talented musicians."

Based in Cologne, home to its internationally famous University of Music, Chamber Philharmonia Cologne takes advantage of the available pool of talent in the German city while the multifaceted composition of the ensemble provides every member with the opportunity to perform as a soloist.

The orchestra, fittingly for an ensemble that notches up plenty of mileage, has a special relationship with the Mercedes-Benz Centre in Cologne who provide them with a tour bus, while in return the orchestra organises special concerts for the car company’s special customers.

Previous concert locations include Cologne Cathedral and Sydney Opera House, but on Wednesday 6th August at 7.30pm, Chamber Philharmonia Cologne will be at St. Mary’s Church in Inverness with a varied programme that includes music from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Rossini’s Sonata  Quattro N°3 in C Major from La Tempesta di Mare, Sarasate’s Carmen-Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra and Mozart’s Concerto in B Flat Major for Bassoon and Orchestra.

Featured soloists are Sergey Didorenko on violin, Javier Pocovi Antuna on bassoon and Christoph Jahn on violoncello.

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