Sidcup UK – Sidcup Symphony Orchestra (SSO), one of the longest established orchestras in the South-East, today announced that its next concert will feature acclaimed violinist Geoffrey Lynn as its guest soloist. Geoffrey, who is part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra first violin section, will play Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with SSO on Sunday 22 May at St. John’s Church, Sidcup. Geoffrey is also a chamber music player and his performances include Radio 3 broadcasts. In 1970 he began studies with Frances Mason at the Royal College of Music, winning the Stoutzker Prize, which is their top violin award. Later in his career he spent four years studying with inspirational violin professor David Takeno, who was the winner of this year’s Association of British Orchestras (ABO) Award announced in February. Geoffrey became a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1974.

SSO Music Director James Ross said, ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to hear one of the UK’s most accomplished violinists play in their local community. We feel honoured that Geoffrey has agreed to be a part of our programme and it is a testimony to the calibre of the musicianship within our orchestra.”

The 22 May concert programme entitled ‘Mostly Scandinavian’ also features works by Berlioz, Stenhammar and Sibelius.

Concert details Date: Sunday 22 May 2011 Time: 7:30pm Venue: St John's Church, Church Road, Sidcup DA14 6BX Cost: £8, £10 & £12 including wine or soft drinks in the interval To reserve tickets or for more information please contact 020 8300 3268 or email Notes to editors About Sidcup Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year and incredibly still features one of the original violinists who joined the orchestra when it formed back in 1961. The SSO promotes regular concerts of classical music in the London Borough of Bexley and surrounding areas. It aims to provide interesting and challenging programmes of music that appeal to a wide audience, and provides its members with a diverse musical experience that may not otherwise be available to them. The Orchestra is currently 60 strong and is led by music director James Ross. Based on information supplied by Diane Sealey.