Kent Philharmonic Orchestra to hold launch concert

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Kent Philharmonic Orchestra conductor and founder Marius Reklaitis

The Kent Philharmonic Orchestra is holding its inaugural concert in Canterbury next week.

Founded last year by Lithuanian conductor Marius Rekalitis, its aim is to bring classical musical to a wider audience andto  encourage and develop young musicians.

Marius studied music at Canterbury Christ Church University, is head of music at West Minster Primary School in Sheppey and works with choirs across Kent.

He said: “Kent Philharmonic Orchestra aims to not only provide concerts and performances in the local community, but also aims to use young musicians in their concerts.

“The young musicians would work alongside professionals to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence to produce talented musicians for the future.

“After our inaugural concert, the orchestra hopes to be able to run workshops and sessions with young people to provider further musical education for those who do not have access to it at school.

“With local schools being hit with more funding cuts and increasing pressure, music and the arts in schools are being lost.

“The Kent Philharmonic Orchestra aims to help provide this education outside of a school setting. Having worked in several primary schools in the area, I have seen this first hand and this is what drives his passion to expand the orchestra and build it to its fullest potential.”

The inaugural concert takes place at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall at the University of Kent at 7pm on Saturday, September 29.

Marius will be conducting and the orchestra leader is Stephen Bryant. Christopher Green will play flute and Nicolette Chin the harp.

The performance will feature Rossini’s Overture to La Scala di Seta, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto in C major, K. 299 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, Eroica.

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