Glorious start to season
THE first Amersham Festival of Music concert of the season took place on Friday, April 8 at St Mary’s Parish Church in Old Amersham. KAY JOHNSON reviews the show
IT is that time of year again which means another glorious programme of music and events under the Amersham Festival of Music umbrella, and what a marvellous programme.
Those of you who did not have a ticket for this truly wonderful evening of music missed the warm and sensuous playing of Leland Chen, the celebrated violinist whose career really took off when he won first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin competition.
The concert opened with Brahms Violin concerto in D Major, the audience were enthralled from the very first orchestral notes of the majestic and spacious first movement, which are then taken up by the soloist; this is one of Brahms’ truly glorious movements.
The tranquil adagio starting with the solo oboe is then expanded by solo violin, the music takes on a slightly melancholy middle section before turning once again to the opening melody between solo oboe and violin, then taking us through to the end of the concerto is the gay and unrestrained third movement.
Only the slightest of pauses before the audience erupted into spontaneous very well deserved applause.
After the interval we all settled down to listen to Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3 (Scottish), which, he said, started to take form when visiting the ruined chapel of Mary Stuart while on his visit to Scotland.
Indeed you can almost feel the inspiration coming fr from the ruined ch chapel as we are then le led through the tu turbulent Allegro.
The outstanding pl playing of the A Amersham Festival C Chamber Orchestra, an and their inspiring c conductor Iain Ledingham, take us through some of Mendelssohn’s most inspiring music ending with the final ‘Allegro guerriero,’ a tour de force for the musicians ending with a glorious hymn of thanksgiving in the radiant key of A major.
Again the audience responded with more spontaneous applause after yet another evening of wonderful music and professionalism from all concerned.
And thank you to everyone, it was an amazing concert and I think we all left on a different plain after such a fantastic evening.
So those of you who missed this superb concert do make sure you get a ticket for future events.
For information about further events go to www. amershamfestival.org.
Elated: Leland Chan with the festival’s Iain Ledingham