A splendid concert to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night
AN Evening of Mozart was the final concert of the winter season of the Amersham Festival of Music, with the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra, leader Charlotte Edwards and their conductor Iain Ledingham, and what a splendid concert it was.
Starting with the Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat major, K482, from those first opening bars we immediately forgot the terrible weather outside as we were swept along with the distinctly noble and mellow quality of the music.
Iain Ledingham – leading the orchestra from the piano – is such a talented musician, it was a pleasure to be able to watch his fingers caressing the keyboard as he played.
There were wonderful solos for flute, clarinets and bassoons, with additional splendour from the trumpets and timpani.
As I was sitting listening to the wonderful music, it crossed my mind that if anyone outside could hear the quality of the music we were listening to, they would be forgiven for assuming it was one of the more prestigious orchestra performing, such is the outstanding quality of the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Naturally the audience thought it was wonderful with the applause reflecting their thoughts.
Taking us into the interval they played Serenade No 13 in G (K525 Eine Kleine Nachtmusic), which is a truly delightful piece.
During the interval Jane Partridge, chairman of the Amersham Festival of Music, presented a gift to the two members of St John Ambulance who have attended all the concerts, in their professional capacity.
The final work of the evening was Symphony No 39 in E flat major (K543) from the opening of the first movement with its majestic introduction and fanfares heard in the brass section followed by the magnificent Allegro, the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra take us through the Andante con Moto, Menuetto e Trio to the final Allegro, lifting the audience onto an entirely different plane.
The fantastic applause was well deserved for a great evening of music played by such talented musicians, and their conductor Iain Ledingham.
Their next concert will be on Friday, April 8 at St Mary’s Parish Church, in Old Amersham.
For tickets for thsi concert please visit their website at www. amershamfestival.org.