This informal and accessible concert will be packed with classical music including Beethoven, barricades and a barber!

The orchestra will play extracts from Beethoven’s First Symphony, a medley from ‘Les Misérables’ and the overture to Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’. The programme also features music by Strauss, Berlioz and von Suppé and some 20th- and 21st-century pieces.

Plus, there will be performances by special guest players the Darlington Community Wind Band, which is made up of instrumentalists who perform at various events across the North East. The band’s repertoire ranges from traditional marches and hymns to film themes and show tunes.

Darlington Orchestra conductor David Plews said: “We’re really looking forward to performing a wide range of music. Whether you are a Beethoven buff or a lover of musicals there is something here for you.

“Free printed programmes will be provided for the audience, plus programmes written specially for children. Many parents have brought children to their very first classical concert with us and tell me that our relaxed atmosphere and great music brings them back time after time.

“This concert marks our first collaboration with musical neighbours, Darlington Community Wind Band, who will keep us swinging with two short sets.

“And, as if all that isn’t enough, we’ll include the Darlington premiere of a piece of music written for folk instruments and orchestra by our own oboist John Hawkes.”

Tickets cost £7/£5 and are now available from reception at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RP (tel: 01325 406000), or online at tinyurl.com/ConcertJan2017 (with booking fee).