Peter Fender mentions in his excellent article on George Lloyd's Sixth Symphony that one of the few other performances of the work was by the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra. In fact, this performance took place in January 1983, just a few months after the Proms performance under Edward Downes. The performance was only the second that the work had received and I had the good fortune to play in the performance, which was conducted by the SPO's hugely enterprising conductor, Adrian Smith. The composer and his wife attended and were most complimentary.
I remember it as a delightful work to play and, though it has its challenges it is well within the compass of a good amateur orchestra. This symphony would be an excellent addition to any programme of English music and deserves proper exposure through performances.
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