Ital­ian feel to evening

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ON SHOW - Mem­ber Kay John­son reviews the Amer­sham Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic con­cert on Fri­day Jan­uary 9.

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

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