The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Fond farewell at latest Tayside Symphony Orchestra concert


Tayside Symphony Orchestra enhanced its reputation for devising innovative programmes with a Forfar Reid Hall concert showcasing works nominated by those who attended its February performanc­e.

In recognitio­n of the Queen’s 90th birthday, the programme opened with Handel’s Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks, which was played in Westminste­r Abbey in June 1953 before the coronation service began.

The top of the audience poll was the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms and the orchestra successful­ly captured the amusing context of the traditiona­l students’ songs, rising to a superb climax with the rousing Gaudeamus igitur.

The string section, accompanie­d by some beautifull­y haunting harp passages, delivered a moving performanc­e of Mahler’s Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony and the first half of the concert concluded with Ravel’s Bolero, evoking memories of Torvill and Dean’s 1984 Olympic gold-winning ice dance performanc­e.

The second half of the evening was devoted to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

The annual presentati­on of the Ron Walker bursary recognised the contributi­on to TSO made by trombonist Jordan Robertson and Victoria Yeung (violin), who will be studying music in Glasgow and Cardiff respective­ly next year.

Andrew McGarva was honoured with a presentati­on having decided to step down as principal conductor to relocate to Jersey.

Richard Allan has been appointed conductor and will join the orchestra for its next concert in September.

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