Sea Sickness

Sunday, 13th May 2006 – Chandos Symphony Orchestra

Benjamin Britten – Sea Interludes
Frank Bridge – The Sea
Elgar – Sea Pictures
Debussy – La Mer

What a night – squalls, storm after storm, becalmed in the Doldrums, Moonlit episodes, Church bells echoing across the water and a Mermaid!

I have to admit it was not my most favourite Chandos programme ever. The Debussy was very hard to play and, although I enjoy listening to it, it was a bit of a chore to be got through. The Frank Bridge was new to me and I loved it. I’ve played the Britten before and knew that nmo matter how much I practised there were bits I would not be able to get right, so I just enjoyed the rest and didn’t worry too much about those!

Oh, but the ELGAR…

Last year we had the Dream of Gerontius – this year it was a dream of a singer, Helen Medlyn – more about her on that link than I can give you here!

As well as being a superb artiste, she was just SUCH a lovely, lively lady from the plethera of funny stories round the table in the pub on Saturday, to the box of chocolates backstage for the ladies of the orchestra as a thank you for making her feel welcome. BLIMEY! That never hapened before. I certainly hope she will swim her way here again one day.

Next Chandos concert; November 19th a programme of Ballet music by Stravinsky, Holst, and Tchaikovsky.

Meanwhile, a charity concert (double bass) in Ledbury on Friday 30th June to raise funds for MacMillan Nurses

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