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New piece by popular expat conductor draws crowds to classical music concert

Michael Thomas conducting the Almería youth orchestra

Excitement is mounting among classical music enthusiasts in the province ahead of the premiere of a piano concerto composed by Almería city orchestra’s much-loved British conductor, Michael Thomas.

Nearly 50 expats from Mojacar and the surrounding area will be travelling to Almería’s Maestro Padilla concert hall on Saturday (April 16) to support their fellow countryman in his moment of glory, after the orchestra management laid on a free bus to attract people outside the city to the event.

Thomas, a renowned violinist who led the world-famous Brodsky quartet until moving to Spain in 1999, started composing at the age of eight.

He wrote his latest work, Concerto in G for piano and orchestra, in just a few months last year in Seville, where he lives with his family, after he was told there were insufficient funds for new music for a concert where he wanted to perform “something modern”.

Speaking to CA News he said: “I decided if there was no money to hire music I would just have to write something!”

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