The Orchestra of Scottish Opera is heading to Ayrshire next month for a special concert.

The musicians, under the baton of Stuart Stratford, are set to perform British romantic orchestral favourites in Ayr Town Hall on Friday, February 9, starting at 7.30pm.

Lush melodies, expressive harmonies and a nostalgic, pastoral quality will be showcased during the performance.

It will include Vaughan Williams' Fifth Symphony, written at the height of World War One. It is a work of wartime reflection, with moments of profound contemplation and hope.

Finzi's Clarinet Concerto will showcase lyricism and delicate orchestration, with the expressive clarinet solo being performed by Section Principal Kate McDermott.

The orchestra has also invited Jonathan Dove, composer of the opening piece Out of Time, to be present.

The concert is part of the 35th Ayr Concert Series arranged for Ayr by volunteers, and subsidised by Destination South Ayrshire and Ayr Arts Guild.

Young musicians and their parents can apply for free tickets, subsidised by the Scottish Children's Lottery Trust, through the South Ayrshire Council Instrumental Music Service. 

Tickets for adults are priced at £25 (circle) and £20 (stalls).

Entry costs £6 for people who are students, aged under 26 and unemployed, and £3 for those aged under 18.

Tickets are now on sale to the public from the Gaiety Box Office, which is open from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays to Fridays and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.

To book or for more information, call 01292 288 235.