Pianist Alicia keeps it in the family as she steps into the spotlight for Hitchin Symphony Orchestra concert

Local pianist Alicia Chaffey is the soloist with Hitchin Symphony Orchestra

Local pianist Alicia Chaffey is the soloist with Hitchin Symphony Orchestra - Credit: Archant

Soloist Alicia Chaffey will be in the spotlight when Hitchin Symphony Orchestra play at the town’s St Mary’s Church next week.

The programme for the concert on Saturday, November 21, will include Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto, and the former Hitchin Girls’ School pupil will be back in town to demonstrate her keyboard prowess.

Music is in Alicia’s blood – dad is a music teacher and administrator and mum, who sadly died of leukaemia when she was only eight years old, played the viola with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Alicia was only nine when she began studying violin and piano with the Royal College of Music’s junior arm, in addition to mainstream schooling.

She went on to take a music degree at Royal Holloway, University of London and since graduating in 2015 has been continuing her studies with Gabriele Baldocci at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, also in the capital.

“We like to support and to encourage local performers”, says conductor Paul Adrian Rooke.

“I am delighted that Alicia will be joining us to play one of the loveliest concertos ever written for the piano.

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“I have heard Alicia play on a number of occasions and am very impressed both with her technique and her musicianship. I am looking forward immensely to her performance with us.”

Also in the concert will be Beethoven’s Symphony No.4 and a suite by the former HSO president John McCabe.

Tickets are £14 for adults and £12 concessions, with a £2 on offer discount if you book by next Wednesday, November 18.

Call 01462 458614 or drop into the Hitchin Initiative office in Churchyard to reserve yours.

Click here to find out more about the orchestra

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