Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Classic Riverside Roar

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Classic Riverside Roar

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THE Riverside roar will be a little more cultured later this month.

Ardent Boro fan and classical composer David Golighty's Middlesbrough Symphony has gained widespread critical acclaim after being recorded back in 2000.

Now, 11 years on, the football-inspired work will receive its world premiere at Middlesbrough Town Hall - performed by The Northern Sinfonia.

"I'm really looking forward to a special night," said David, 63.

"The Northern Sinfonia is a wonderful orchestra with exceptionally good musicians and I think the centenary year of our own iconic Transporter Bridge makes this a perfect time for a world premiere."

David, who lives in Weardale, became hooked on Boro after being taken to a game by his grandad at Ayresome Park.

When David, a former motor mechanic, was working in London early in his career he even used to have football reports from the Gazette sent to him.

The Middlesbrough Symphony was inspired by Boro chairman Steve Gibson and his passion for the town and team.

But the structure of the music is also designed to represent a typical match day - with the pre-match excitement giving way to two halves of football.

"The symphony was initially borne out of a desire to redress the cruelty of fate of the 1996-97," David said.

"The FA robbing us of three points and the subsequent relegation. But I hope it has become more since then, more a tribute to the individual.

"I think it's a tribute to all of the Steve Gibsons of this world wherever they exist. The builders, the dreamers, the workers, and the givers who all strive to better our existence."

To launch the concert, David joined Boro legend Gary Pallister and midfielder Julio Arca at the Transporter Bridge.

But how much does Julio know about classical music? …

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