Benjamin Powell up for University of Hertfordshire concert

LEADING pianist Benjamin Powell joins the University of Hertfordshire’s resident orchestra, the de Havilland Philharmonic, at a concert on Sunday.

Benjamin, winner of the prestigious 2010 British Contemporary Piano Competition, will join the orchestra to perform Shostakovich’s uncharacteristically cheerful Piano Concerto No. 2.

Equally at home in chamber music, song and solo recitals, Benjamin has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall.

The concert opens with Rachmaninov’s symphonic poem Isle of the Dead, considered a fine example of late romanticism from the early 20th Century.

It will close with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring which dates from 1913 and has been described as one of the most ground-breaking works of the last century.

The concert starts at 7.30pm in the Weston Auditorium in Hatfield. Tickets priced between �6 and �20 are available from the UHArts box office on 01707 281127 or online at www.herts.ac.uk/artsandgalleries