JENNIFER Pike has pretty much taken the classical music world by storm and is in great demand as soloist and recitalist far and wide.

One of the leading violinists of her generation, in 2002 she was the youngest ever winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of 12, and, for many who've seen her perform, her technique is simply spectacular and up there with the likes of supreme player Nicola Benedetti.

According to Classic FM, Jennifer is a musician of "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique," and possesses and artistry that's established her as one of the most exciting musicians performing today.

On Saturday, April 27, Stockport-based Jennifer is soloist with the BBC Philharmonic in the final concert of the Lakeland Sinfonia Concert Society's 2018-19 season.

And what a way to bring the curtain down on another five star LSCS series.

On the podium will be internationally acclaimed conductor Sir Andrew Davis, whose currently director of the Chicago Lyric Opera, chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and frequent star of the Last Night of the Proms.

The programme is an attractive and innovative programme of Russian and Finnish music.

Sibelius’ lyrical 6th Symphony is something of an enigma; he described the symphony as "the purest spring water." Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto follows on, one of the most spectacular and virtuosic in the repertoire. Tchaikovsky had fled to western Europe to escape from his disastrous marriage, and the concerto was written in Switzerland. It was not initially all that well received. However, these days the piece is a firm favourite and now among the most frequently played of concertos.

The programme continues with a work by another Russian composer: Igor Stravinsky. His Symphony in C was first performed in 1940. Started in Paris and finished in California, Stravinsky said the first two movements were European and the second two American. Though the form may be classical, the symphony is full of quirky tunes, driving rhythms and colourful orchestration.

Finally, back to Sibelius and his famous Finlandia, which builds to a rousing climax, with a stirring nationalistic hymn.

All in all, a breathtaking concert fit for the world stage.

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