From Northum­brian to El­iz­a­bethan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - ARTS -

A RE­VIEW writ­ten by Lionel Avery on Amer­sham Con­cert Club’s sec­ond con­cert with the Prince Bishop Brass Quin­tet.

A fan­fare of brass opened Amer­sham Con­cert Club’s sec­ond con­cert of the sea­son held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 7.

The Prince Bishop Brass Quin­tet ar­rived in great good hu­mour, de­spite their long jour­ney from the North-East of Eng­land, but pleased to be fêted with fire­works along the way.

From the out­set the au­di­ence was ready to re­lax and be en­ter­tained by an eclec­tic pro­gramme of mu­sic adapted to this cham­ber brass ensem­ble. All the mu­si­cians (Mike Wal­ton & Derek Rufell, trum­pets, Chris Se­nior, horn, Stu­art Gray, trom­bone and Stephen Boyd, tuba) have played brass since their youth.

Their joint ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes per­form­ing and con­duct­ing many of the well known bands in the North of Eng­land as well as time spent with opera and bal­let com­pa­nies and some of the coun­try’s lead­ing or­ches­tras.

To­gether they make it look easy to pro­duce a rich and bal­anced sound in the cham­ber con­cert en­vi­ron­ment.

The pro­gramme ranged from Bach’s Fugue in G mi­nor via tra­di­tional El­iz­a­bethan airs to in­clude a chal­leng­ing tran­scrip­tion of the Ada­gio for Strings by Sa­muel Bar­ber.

It em­braced a med­ley of tra­di­tional Northum­brian songs com­mis­sioned by the ensem­ble from big band leader Ray Ch­ester and a short piece by Michael Ka­men, bet­ter known for his wealth of film scores and avant-garde 1970s pop mu­sic.

The more jazzy sounds of Gersh­win’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ and Bern­stein’s ‘West Side Story’ pro­vided an upbeat fi­nale to a thor­oughly en­gag­ing con­cert.

The next con­cert will be on Satur­day, Novem­ber 28, at 8pm fea­tur­ing Matthew Scott on clar­inet and Daniel King-Smith on pi­ano in a con­cert of ro­man­tic mu­sic sup­ported by The Count­ess of Mun­ster Mu­si­cal Trust.

The pro­gramme will in­clude works by Ravel, Brahms, Lovre­gio and De­bussy.

Con­certs take place at Dr Chal­lon­ers High School for Girls in Lit­tle Chal­font. Visit www.amer­sham­con­certs.org.uk for more in­for­ma­tion on fu­ture events.

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