Italian feel to evening
AUDIENCE THE Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra performed at St Mary's Church and they were directed by Iain Ledingham.
These wonderful concerts always seem to fall on nights when the weather is absolutely awful, the concert last Friday was no exception, in fact we nearly got blown away just trying to get to the venue for an evening of Italian Baroque Music.
What I find so great about these concerts, besides the professional quality of the music, is that the whole audience all mix together talking to one another, efore, during the interval and at the nd of the concert which reminded me f going to the opera in Italy. Everyone ecomes one big family brought ogether by the music, which is in no mall part due to the wonderful musicians, soloists and their charismatic ader Iain Ledingham. The soloists night were taken from the Amersham estival Chamber Orchestra, which in self tells you a lot about the high uality of the musicians.
The whole concert was a delight and eautifully played, particularly moving as the ‘Adagio for Oboe, Cello and rings’ by Zipoli. Christopher Hooker ayed the oboe with great sensitivity, so d Ann-Isabel Meyer on cello. Charlotte Edwards (leader) and Marjory King – violins – with Ann-Isabel Meyer cello were outstanding in the two Corelli pieces – ‘Concerto Grosso in D. Opus 6’ which opened the concert and ‘Christmas Concerto Grosso No 6 Opus 8’ played in the 2nd Rossini took us into the interval with his ‘String Sonata in C Major’ written when he was only 12.
In the second half we heard the premier of ‘Concerto per il Violoncello con Archi’ (Amersham Concerto No.2.) by P. Lecosaldi (pen name of Peter Lea-Cox, distinguished organist, conductor and composer), this was the 2nd work written for the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra. The audience were delighted to learn that Maestro Lecosaldi was in the audience, how marvellous was that, he received a very well deserved ovation from the audience, orchestra and Iain Ledingham.
Once again Christopher Hooker played ‘Oboe Concerto in A Minor’ by Vivaldi with great sensitivity bringing a superb concert and musical evening to an end. We left with the sound of the glorious music still ringing in our ears.
The last concert in this series is on Friday, Feburary 6. Buy tickets on 0333 666 3366 before they sell out.
Iain Ledingham conducts the Amersham Festival of Music concert