Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra Breaks Attendance Record at St David’s Hall!
CARDIFF PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA has brokenan attendancerecord at St David’s Hall that has been in place for 13 years!
A staggering 1,882 people including the Lord Mayor attended the ever-popular Night at the Movies concert on Friday 8 December. Plus, this figure comfortably beat the record-breaking crowd of 1,830 set by CPO themselves last year.
The house was so packed to the rafters that even Tier 5 was full behind the stage, and there wasn’t a single seat to be found elsewhere either!
Led by founder and Conductor, Michael Bell, the orchestra performed a selection of memorable movie themes throughout the first half of the concert to celebrate the work of iconic composer John Williams. These pieces included The Cowboys, E.T, War Horse, Saving Private Ryan and Jurassic Park.
The entire second half was dedicated to the best music from the Star Wars films, and signaled the arrival of some very special guests in the form of Darth Vader and three Stormtroopers, who added a suitably sinister edge to proceedings – most notably during The Imperial March! Many thanks must go to the volunteers representing the UK Garrison charity, who donned the impressive outfits and then posed for photos with patrons and orchestra members post-concert on the Level 3 stage.
CPO Conductor, Michael Bell said: It was a very special night, and such an honour for us to perform to a capacity audience. We’ve had a lot a great feedback too and it was a great way to round off the orchestra’s 35th birthday year’.
Next up for CPO is an exciting one-off concert entitled Classic Elvis on Saturday 13 January, which features stunning arrangements of The King’s hits spanning his entire career accompanied by world renowned tributes Gordon Davis and Michael Glaysher. For this one night only, CPO will be under the baton of acclaimed conductor, John Quirk.
Then next up in CPO’s 2017/18 season is Classics for All on Friday 16 March, which includes symphonies from Haydn and Brahms, and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending featuring sensational soloist, Sara Trickey.
Don’t miss these two captivating concerts from Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra!