Shelley also conducted and played impressively Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto Number 1, throwing in an encore of Elgar’s charming Chanson de Matin for good measure.

And he rounded off the afternoon by conducting the orchestra into a fine interpretation of Dvorak’s Symphony Number 6.

Mendelssohn’s lively writing meant Shelley, as soloist-conductor, wasted no time in showing his impressive technical prowess in the first few bars of the Piano concerto number 1 , spinning artfully into faster passages. But it was not all fiery fingertips, Shelley extracting great tenderness in the intimate slower passages before again bursting into supremely controlled energy. The orchestra flowed seamlessly into the mellow andante, with the soloist throwing small pebbles of sounds into the tranquil waters, while the third movement gave Shelley the opportunity to show his dexterity on attack.

Shelley made sure the splendid orchestra made the most of Dvorak’s highly competent but generally uninspired Symphony Number 6, with woodwind lending some lovely flourishes and brass adding intensity.

The next concert at Brighton Dome is on March 4 at 2.45 pm and features works by Glinka, Mussorgsky Arutunian and Tchaikovsky.

Phil Dennett