Chipping Sodbury and Yate Gazette.
4 Girls 4 Harps April 7th 2015
4 Harps in Perfect Harmony
A packed house enjoyed a truly memorable evening’s entertainment at the Chipping Sodbury Music Society April concert. “4 Girls 4 Harps” Harriet Adie, Keziah Thomas, Eleanor Turner and Elizabeth Scorah, took the audience on a whirlwind tour of the Middle East, Russia, South America, Africa, France, Spain and the UK.
Arrangements of well-known compositions such as Handel’s “Royal Fireworks Music”, Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and Ravel’s “Ma Mere L’Oye” took on a whole new aspect.
There were pieces specially commissioned for the group, including Harriet Adie’s atmospheric “Middle Eastern Sky”, the hypnotic “African Reflections” by Monica Stadler, and “Saraswati” by Edward Langstaff, a haunting work based on Indian rhythms.
Responding to prolonged applause, the audience was treated to a lively encore, the famous “Clog Dance” from “La Fill Mal Gardée” by Hérold.
Celebrating 15 years together, 4 Girls 4 Harps had shown why they are considered the leading harp ensemble in the whole of Europe.
The final concert of Chipping Sodbury Music Society’s 67th Season will be in the Town Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 5 May 2015. Details can be found on our website at http://csmusicsociety.co.uk, which is packed with information about this and our other forthcoming events.
Gerry Philp – 9 April 2015
Emergence 14th November 2014
The November concert was devoted to two major chamber works:
Brahms’ String Sextet No 1 and Schubert’s String Quintet.
EMERGENCE, made up of some of London’s most exciting young chamber musicians: Michael Trainor and Chris Jensen - violins, David Wigram and Annie Beilby - violas, Jessie Ann Richardson and Reinoud Ford - cellos were greeted by a packed audience.
Brahms’ first String Sextet is an early work and is sunnier than most of his later compositions. The first movement with its striking main theme was well projected, the enchanting slow movement gave the violas a chance to shine and the infectious rhythm of the scherzo was played at a steady tempo but with the helter-skelter trio given its head. The final carefree rondo capped a fine performance of this satisfying piece.
Schubert’s String Quintet was written just two months before his untimely death. A work of great beauty it has remained one of the most popular chamber works in the repertoire. The opening allegro, poignant and turbulent in turn, was played with great concentration. The ethereal adagio seemed to make time stand still. The boisterous scherzo was well controlled and the soulful trio, which in some way reflected Schubert’s impending death, was played with searing intensity. The final allegretto, lighter in mood, provided some relief at the end of such a profound work.
A rapturous reception was well deserved. As one member of the audience remarked to me, the artists so obviously loved the works they played.
The next concert of Chipping Sodbury Music Society’s 67th Season, in the Town Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 27 January 2015, will be given by Alicia Chaffey who will perform piano works by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Ravel and Prokofiev. Alicia has given solo piano recitals at Southwark Cathedral, the Purcell Room and St. John Smith’s Square.
Gerry Philp – 14 November 2014