Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Middlesbrough - by a Man Who Knows the Score; Events: Middlesbrough Town Hall's Classical Season

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Middlesbrough - by a Man Who Knows the Score; Events: Middlesbrough Town Hall's Classical Season

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BORO'S confident start to the season continues with an exclusive world premiere of the only classical music symphony ever dedicated to a single football club.

And the exclusives don't end there - with Middlesbrough joining London and St Petersburg as one of only three major towns or cities in the world to have a classical symphony dedicated in its honour.

Ardent Boro fan and classical composer David F Golightly's Middlesbrough Symphony gained widespread critical acclaim after being recorded by the City of Prague Orchestra back in 2000.

Now, with funding from Arts Council England for Middlesbrough Town Hall's 2011/12 Classical Season and to celebrate the Transporter Bridge Centenary, the symphony is being performed exclusively for the first time at the Town Hall by a specially extended Northern Sinfonia on Thursday, September 15.

And What's On is offering readers the chance to see the performance FOR FREE with our special competition.

The Middlesbrough Symphony was originally dedicated to and inspired by Boro chairman Steve Gibson in the early years of the Riverside Revolution - and the exclusive world premiere comes at a time described by its composer as a period of renewed optimism at the club.

Former motor mechanic David Golightly switched to music full-time aged 22, and has since enjoyed a busy 40-year classical career with his work performed as far afield as America, Germany, and Russia.

Forging a reputation in the classical world as an "Englishman with a Russian Soul", his 1994 St Petersburg Mass in the City's State Capella Hall was the first premiere of a living English composer's new work after the break-up of the old communist order.

But it's a 50-year love of the Boro that has been a constant theme in David's life and work - and his colourful Middlesbrough Symphony depicts an optimistic learning journey through life as well as the highs and lows of the beautiful game.

David said: "My grandfather took me to my first match at Ayresome Park when I was 12, and I remember John Hickton scoring a seemingly incredible goal from near the half-way line. …

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