Chipping Sodbury Music Society
UK Registered Charity No. 1005346
Chipping Sodbury Music Society aims to bring together lovers of different types of music and musicians in a friendly, convivial atmosphere.
The Amadeus Orchestra
October 10th 2017
70th Birthday Gala Concert
An audience of over 100 welcomed the return of the Amadeus Orchestra, under its Director Philip Mackenzie and ably led by Madeleine Pickering, to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society.
What an enjoyable October concert it proved to be.
Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba is a work that many orchestras rush through. The Amadeus by contrast took a relaxed tempo with pointed rhythms and excellent balance between woodwind and strings.
Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto was his final major instrumental work before his untimely death. Claire King, the talented soloist, gave a lively account of the first movement with firm tone projection and secure intonation.
The sublime slow movement received a truly rapt performance with the air of resignation and sadness perfectly captured. An excellent rapport between soloist and orchestra ensured a rousing finale.
The final piece Handel’s Water Music included both familiar and unfamiliar items. Initially the louder fanfare moments revealed the lack of weight of a larger orchestra.
However the ear quickly compensated and the reduced forces of the Amadeus paid handsome dividends with greater clarity and sensitivity. The brass challenges were bravely surmounted and King George the First would have been well satisfied with this performance.
The evening ended with many curtain calls and an exhilarating encore of well known Scottish airs in the manner of Mozart. As ever the Amadeus had excelled itself and given the Music Society a memorable 70th birthday present.
October 16th 2017
Dominic Alldis Trio
10th April 2018
Jazz Met Classical
The Dominic Alldis Trio with Dominic Alldis piano, Andrew Cleyndert, double bass, and Martin France drums provided a completely new musical experience at the April concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society.
In the first half this innovative jazz group improvised on many well-known classical pieces. Old favourites were dressed in colourful new clothes. Tchaikovsky’s “Sugar Plum Fairy” met Handel’s “Queen of Sheba” on equal terms.
The second half included arrangements of popular children’s songs. London Bridge fell down most convincingly. The artists were completely at home in two Dave Brubeck compositions and a Chopin encore was the icing on the cake.
A truly delightful evening had been enjoyed by all.
17 April 2018