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Canterbury Orchestra

Review of Summer Concert, 2010

Canterbury Orchestra

Summer concert

St Peter's Methodist Church
June 26th 2010

The city of Canterbury is fortunate in many respects with respect to its musical life, often punching above its weight  in ambition and realisation of musical projects (with the promise of much more to come!).  In the same way it is fortunate to have so many amateur music makers, literally people who are passionate about music making  deriving and giving pleasure to many. This is certainly the case with Canterbury Orchestra  whose forty four players were directed by conductor Andrew Lowen through some appropriately summer sounds in their concert given in St Peter's Methodist Church.

The delightful programme of a youthful Schubert Symphony no 3 , Wagner's passionate outpouring of love in his Siegfried  Idyll  and Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream (written at the age of 17!) was overall a joyful experience for listener and player alike. Whilst the intense heat presented intonation challenges for the wind players at times and the 'supportive acoustic'  as with London's Barbican favoured the brass and timps over the strings, each work was shaped and phrased with care. The ensemble was very pleasing , obvious attention paid in rehearsal to the challenges presented in each of these works with strong solo playing when required, especially so in the Mendelssohn Nocturne with its demanding horn writing.

All in all this was a splendid evening, the orchestra proudly wearing its Canterbury badge and promising much more to come next season.

Musicus

Review for the Kentish Gazette

Summer Concert: Drumroll into the 19th Century

7.30pm, Saturday 6th July 2019, Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Schumann: Overture, Scherzo & Finale

Hummel: Trumpet Concerto (soloist: Jamie Phillips)

Haydn: Symphony no.103 in Eb

Tickets full £15 & students & children £8

Canterbury Orchestra’s summer concert explores elements of the transition from Classicism to Romanticism in the then Austro-German empire centred around the vibrant musical hub of Vienna.  Haydn’s “Drumroll” symphony, written in London before his return to Vienna, provides an example of his late classical symphonies; Hummel, a protege of Haydn, gives us the first modern trumpet concerto and from Leipzig we hear one of Schumann’s early flirtations with the symphony.

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