Bolero 2020

  St James Church, Woburn Rd.  Sunday 3pm, 2 August 2020.

  Conductor: Donald Armstrong

    The first concert for 2020 attracted an exceptionally large audience keen for live           music after the restrictions of lock down.  The hand sanitiser a reminder of the need to be vigilant.

Lower strings and organist

 The concert began with the lively Berlioz Hungarian Dance and then we welcomed our  soloist, Melanie Pinkney, for a stunning performance of Saints-SaŽns Violin Concerto no 3 

soloist

The audience and orchestra delighted in this playing. 

   soloist applause


After the interval, which included tea and biscuits, the orchestra played Debussy's Petite Suite.  This is a beautiful work with its contrasting lyrical and lively movements. A view showing the cello and double bass sections. 

celli and bass

The concert concluded with the very popular piece by Ravel: Bolero.  The atmospheric percussion rhythm set the scene. The many wind and brass soloists played the haunting themes as this much loved work increased in intensity until all the orchestra were playing. 

brassPercussion

The orchestra responding to the prolonged applause at the end of this concert celebrating a return to live music. 

Final ovation

 

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