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Academic year has festive finale; Classical.

Byline: PATSY FULLER

TWO big musical events will help the academic year finish in style in Coventry.

The University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra will join Warwick University Chorus on Sunday for an afternoon concert of music by Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Rossini.

The concert takes place at Warwick Arts Centre and starts at 4pm. It closes with the orchestra, chorus and soloists - soprano Tinuke Olafimihan, mezzo soprano Gaynor Keeble, tenor Paul Hopwood and bass Jonathan May - performing Rossini's choral work Stabat Mater. The conductors will be Lucy Griffiths and director of music Paul McGrath, On Thursday, there will be a three-hour open-air gala concert on the Warwick University campus with the university's wind orchestra, brass band, symphony orchestra, and chamber choir among the ensembles taking part.

It follows last year's huge, free open-air concert which drew a 6,000 audience and features easy listening, musical theatre and jazz as well as classical favourites.

Paul McGrath says: "It's going to be magnificent. We hope that everyone, be they members of the local community, students, staff or graduates will come along and have a fabulous evening." Admission to the gala concert is free.

CLASSICAL music also features in the Warwick Student Arts Festival which runs from Sunday until Thursday.

Classical highlights include concerts by the wind orchestra, symphonic brass ensemble, cello ensemble and string orchestra.

For details call 024 7652 4524.

A YOUNG singer who has appeared at Glyndebourne and Buckingham Palace will be helping to put the sparkle into an Elgar summer prom in Warwickshire next week.

Louise Poole will be joining the Orchestra of the Swan for the celebration of English music at Stratford Civic Hall next Friday.

Orchestra artistic director David Curtis says: "She has a superb voice and her appearances include roles with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall for Raymond Gubbay, the Glyndebourne Festival, English Touring Opera and English National Opera."

Tickets from pounds 18 from 01789 207100.

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CROWDPLEASER... The open-air concert at Warwick University will hope to repeat the success of last year's event (above) and (right) members of the university's symphony orchestra who have two big dates coming up
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 16, 2006
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