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Round Britain sail inspires Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra concert

PUBLISHED: 12:43 23 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:43 23 September 2014

Leslie Olive and Martin Soons celebrating at anchor in Loch Eribol on the north coast of Scotland, after their

Leslie Olive and Martin Soons celebrating at anchor in Loch Eribol on the north coast of Scotland, after their "successful but lumpy and uncomfortable" rounding of Cape Wrath, the north-western tip of Scotland.

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Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra founding conductor Leslie Olive's choice of music for the orchestra's next concert will have special meaning for at least one member of the audience.

Martin Soons, who was taught by Leslie in the 1970s, sailed around Britain in June to help raise funds for the SPO.

By way of a nautical thank you, Leslie will be conducting the orchestra in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Overture, The Hebrides, at an afternoon tea concert at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday, November 2 at 4pm.

Martin suffered a femoral deep vein thrombosis after a ski-ing accident severely damaged his knee, but was encouraged by doctors to go ahead with the circumnavigation as a courageous example of how people suffering from a DVT need not give up their normal lives.

Leslie, who joined Martin on two legs of the journey, from Lymington around Land’s End to Padstow, and from Kinlochbervie to the Orkneys, said the SPO was also a great adventure and perhaps the greatest challenge of his own life.

“Since we launched in 2012 we have been greeted with the most amazing feedback from people who have attended our free community concerts and our symphony concerts alike,” he said. “But the costs are high. At our symphony concerts, sell-out ticket sales can cover no more than half the costs.”

The programme for the concert includes Barber: Adagio for Strings, Bruch: Violin Concerto in G mino and Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.5. For details and to buy tickets go to www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/event/1482/suffolk-philharmonic-orchestra. For more information about the SPO, go to www.suffolkphil.org.

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