Classical Music Alive audiences will be dazzled by two fantastic soloists with the English Chamber Orchestra, on Wednesday, February 18.

After conductor, Akira Mori conducts Mozart’s Symphony No.38, the ‘Prague’ guitarist, Xuefei Yang, will play Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Guitar Concerto No.1.

Born in Bejing, Xuefei is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest classical guitarists.

She was the first ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career.

Her first public appearance at the age of ten, at the China International Guitar Festival, received such acclaim that the Spanish Ambassador in China immediately presented her with a concert guitar.

She then went on to become the first Chinese student to be awarded a full postgraduate scholarship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

After the interval, the orchestra’s leader, Stephanie Gonley, will play Vaughan Williams’ beautiful work The Lark Ascending. Stephanie Gonley made her first appearance with the English Chamber Orchestra as a soloist in 1990, which led to her appointment in April 1991 as one of its leaders. She is the youngest person to hold this position and only the fourth leader in the Orchestra’s history.

They will both be under the baton of Japenese conductor, Akira Mori. The concert concludes with Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo.

Tickets for this concert at The Hexagon in Reading on Wednesday, February 18 at 7.30pm start at just £18. Call 0118 960 6060 to book.