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Shakespeare in Love actor, Simon Callow, narrates at Leeds Town Hall

Actor in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love, Simon Callow narrates alongside the Flanders Symphony Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 31 October

Under the baton of chief conductor Jan Lotham-Koenig, the orchestra performs Blackford’s In Flanders Fields whilst Simon Callow narrates two famous World War I poems: The Dead by Rupert Brooke and In Flanders Fields by John McCrae. The concert also includes Elgar’s dramatic Carillon with Simon Callow narrating the poem Carillon: Chantons, Belges, chantons written by Simon’s Grandfather Emile Cammaerts. The Flanders Symphony Orchestra also performs Vaughan Williams’ mystical Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Debussy’s lullaby Berceuse héroïque. The concert concludes with Elgar’s Enigma Variations that consist of fourteen variations of a single theme, the first thirteen are tributes to different friends of Elgar with the finale depicting the composer himself.

One of Britain's most respected stage and screen stars, Simon Callow is known to millions for his acting roles in such hit films as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Room with a View, The Phantom of the Opera and in television shows such as Doctor Who. His theatrical credits include The Man Jesus at the Lyric Belfast & Tour, Waiting for Godot, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Woman in White. Simon is also a critically acclaimed writer and director and was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1999.

For over fifty years, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra has been a beacon of the Flemish orchestral landscape. Composed of sixty highly committed and passionate musicians, and led by renowned conductors, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra both performs and creates new compositions as well as electrifying renditions of the main symphonic repertoire. The orchestra is often invited to perform in international venues in France, Germany and The Netherlands. The orchestra prides itself on creating opportunities for young, talented musicians, composers, soloists and conductors.

Tickets for this concert are priced at £12.50-£33.50 and are available from the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or book online at Don’t forget that 50% discounts are available for students, under 18s and jobseekers. Plus, if you’re under 26 you can purchase tickets for an orchestral concert for just £5 in the seven days before the concert.