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Chipping Sodbury Music Society
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The Bristol Chamber Choir
February 9th 2016
The Music of William Byrd and his Contemporaries
The February concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society featured the Bristol Chamber Choir directed by Gordon Pullin.
The first half was devoted to the music of William Byrd, the leading Tudor composer of his day. A varied selection of shorter pieces showed his ability in all forms of composition. His Sanctus and Benedictus was truly atmospheric and the Agnus Dei was sung with great delicacy. The Justorum Animae was a beautiful work given full justice by the choir.
There was lighter fare after the interval with madrigals and ballads by Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes and Robert Pearsall. A mixture of pieces showing both cheerfulness and sadness in equal measure was sung with great verve and sensitivity.
On this evidence the Bristol Chamber Choir fully deserves its reputation as one of the finest in its field. An appreciative audience had been well rewarded with an outstanding concert.
The next concert of Chipping Sodbury Music Society’s 68th Season, in the Town Hall at 7.30 pm on 8 March 2016, will be given by the Marylebone Trio, a classical woodwind trio formed in 2003 by postgraduate students at the Royal Academy of Music. Further information may be found on our website at http://www.csmusicsociety.co.uk
Gerry Philp - 12 February 2016
The Marylebone Trio
on March 8th 2016
The Marylebone Trio, Jemma Bausor - oboe, Helen James - clarinet and Alexandra Davidson - bassoon were the artists at the March concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society. Their wide ranging programme spanned nearly 300 years.
The first half featured music by Bach, Schubert, Ibert, Telemann and Beethoven. Bach’s three sinfonias were well integrated and Schubert’s Trio was a youthful composition relished by the players. Ibert’s five pieces based on French folk music had a refreshingly Gallic flavour. Telemann’s Fantasia for solo oboe demonstrated the full range of the instrument. Beethoven’s variations on a popular German theme were played with enthusiasm.
Mozart’s Divertimento no. 2 which followed the interval was a typically melodious work with jolly fast movements and graceful minuets and trios. Solos for clarinet by Bela Kovaks and bassoon by CPE Bach were played with great eloquence. Stefan de Haan’s Divertimento on some familiar folksongs proved a fitting finale to a well received concert by a highly talented trio.
Gerry Philp – 11th March 2016