Carlisle Orchestra conductor Leon bids farewell

The Calrisle Orchestra’s summer concert on Saturday June 25 will be a bittersweet event for local musicians, as Music Director Leon Reimer conducts his last performance with the orchestra after seven years.

Leon, who is moving to Copenhagen to be closer to his family and pursue his career in Denmark, said: “When I initially took on the role of Music Director and Conductor of the City of Carlisle Orchestra, I intended to stay one year and I never imagined it would turn into seven!

“It was a hugely rewarding experience and I think we learned a lot from each other.”

“I will miss working with the Carlisle musicians and the enthusiastic and loyal following we have attracted, but I know they will be as welcoming to their new conductor as they were to me, and I wish them well. the best and a successful season.”

Leon facilitated the re-launching of the orchestra’s relationship with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the process by which he came to Carlisle, and details are being finalized to engage another M/Mus Conducting student to take over.

This program offers excellent opportunities for students and the orchestra in terms of musical development and the new conductor will be the fourth to come to Carlisle following in the footsteps of Leon, Ryan Bancroft and Hannah Quinn.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and will take place at St John’s Church, London Road, Carlisle.

The program features a tribute to Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with The Three Elisabeth Suite by Eric Coates, followed by local composer Phillip Wood’s Cumbrian dances while the last work of the performance is that of Cesar Franck Symphony in D minor.

Tickets cost £8 in advance from the Orchestra or Library in Castle Street, Carlisle, or £10 at the door. Children under 18 are free.

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