Rising violin star Callum's such a catch for Letchworth Sinfonia's new year date

PUBLISHED: 21:02 05 January 2016

Violin prodigy Callum Smart is the soloist at Letchworth Sinfonia's January concert. Picture by Patrick Allen, operaomnia.co.uk

Violin prodigy Callum Smart is the soloist at Letchworth Sinfonia's January concert. Picture by Patrick Allen, operaomnia.co.uk

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Callum Smart was just 13 when he won the string section of the BBC's coveted Young Musician Of The Year contest back in 2010.

He’s still in his teens but this dazzling young violinist is already shaping up for stardom – and he’s the guest soloist at this weekend’s Letchworth Sinfonia new year concert.

He will be performing Glazunov’s violin concerto in A minor at Letchworth Free Church in Gernon Road on Sunday night, but also on his calendar over the next couple of months is his debut performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Callum – who has been playing since he was six and now performs using a 1698 Antonio Stradivari violin – is undoubtedly the marquee name for Sunday’s concert, but the programme will also include Berwald’s Third Symphony, and Beethoven’s Sixth, the Pastoral Symphony.

Mark Galtrey will be conducting, with Janet Hicks – also known for her work with the Hitchin Symphony Orchestra – leading the players.

Doors open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each (£5 for those aged 18 and under) from the Letchworth tourist information centre in Station Road, Letchworth (01462 487868).

To find out more about the Sinfonia set-up, and how you can get involved, visit the website at letchworth-sinfonia.webs.com.

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