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Winter Concert 2006

Time:
26 Nov 2006, 7:30 p.m.
Venue:
Oldham Hulme Grammar School, Chamber Road, Oldham OL8 4BX
School website

By car: From the M60: Exit at Junction 22 and join the A62 Manchester Rd (signposted Oldham). Travel for just over a mile and turn right into Chamber Road. Proceed uphill for a further mile, cross Frederick Street (B6192) and the schools' main buildings are immediately on the right.

From the A627(M): Leave the motorway by the slip road signed Oldham at the roundabout take the second exit on to Chadderton Way A627. Remain on the A627 across the next roundabout to the following intersection and leave by the slip road. At the roundabout turn right to join the A62 Manchester Street. Travel for approximately half a mile and turn left into Frederick Street (B6192). Travel for a further half a mile and turn left into Chamber Road. The schools' main buildings are immediately on the right.

Parking is available at the school.

By bus: The school is served by the following bus routes: (pdf timetables linked)

Conductor:
Richard Waldock

Soloists

Hugh McKenna

This is a portrait of Hugh McKenna

Hugh McKenna was born in 1949 in Woking, Surrey and played the Richard Strauss oboe concerto with us in 2006. He began his musical life playing the cornet in a local brass band, and eventually joined the army at the age of fifteen to continue his playing in the band of the Royal Fusiliers. Hugh went to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall for a year before being posted to Gibraltar and Sharjah, near Dubai. When a vacancy for an oboist occurred Hugh, who was ready for a new challenge, volunteered to take up the instrument. After making rapid progress on the oboe, Hugh decided to leave the Army, and was accepted as a student at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Neil Black and Janet Craxton.

Hugh went on to join the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, and then the Halle Orchestra, where he has been for over twenty years. During his time in Manchester, Hugh has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music. Many of his pupils have now followed Hugh in to the musical profession. In his spare time Hugh enjoys the sport of triathlon (he completed an Ironman triathlon in 2005) and ballroom dancing.

Programme

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No 2

Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto

Richard Wagner: Overture: Flying Dutchman

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