A splen­did con­cert to warm your heart on a cold win­ter’s night

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - REVIEWS -

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.

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