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