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Scarborough Born Violinist Richard Quick Returns to His Roots

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Scarborough born violinist Richard Quick returns to his roots next month to play the notoriously challenging Elgar Violin Concerto with the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra.


Richard, a former leader of the SSO and pupil at Friarage Primary and Raincliffe Comprehensive School, says he is very proud of his home town and still spends much time enjoying the outdoor life around the East coast, walking or surfing.

Richard recounts:

"My Grandad ran a butchers shop at the end of Princess Street.  He was in the Salvation Army but my Grandma was brought up a Methodist and frequently came to Queen Street to worship where the orchestra now plays"

Richard’s career began as a violinist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra before he went freelance in London and worked regularly with orchestras such as the Philharmonia and the RPO.

After the arrival of a family he opted to take up the post of Head of Strings at Hymers College in Hull, where he has been for the past 20 years.

Richard learned the Elgar Violin Concerto at the Royal College of Music and always wanted to play it with an orchestra. The concerto was Elgar's last great popular success, a long and emotional work bearing an enigmatic dedication “Herein is enshrined the soul of .....”

Richard said:

 “I love this work and when I was invited to perform again with the SSO I suggested the Elgar, said Richard. Having played it as a member of the orchestra with many professional soloists, including Nigel Kennedy, I know how difficult it is for both conductor and individual players.

“But in rehearsal with Shaun Matthew and the SSO I was amazed and delighted with how well they handled this piece even at first run-through"

The concert also features one of Tchaikovsky’s lesser known works, The Tempest, based on Shakespeare’s play, and contains one of his greatest love themes to rival that of Romeo and Juliet.

Mussorgsky’s striking musical image of a group of peasants trudging through the snow, Intermezzo in Modo Classico, will also be featured, hopefully without the accompaniment of snowy weather outside.

The concert is at Scarborough’s Methodist Central Hall in Queen Street, on Saturday February 6 at 7.30pm.

There is an optional free talk about the music beforehand at 6.45pm.  Free parking is available.

Admission is £11 (£9.50 for concessions).  Children up to 16 and full-time students are free.

Tickets can be purchased direct from Scarborough Music or The Art Cafe in Whitby as well as through the orchestra’s website or at the door on the night.

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