Thursday, February 02, 2017

NMPAT Sinfonietta concert

2 February 2017

On Saturday I played with the NMPAT Sinfonietta in a charity concert at Christ Church in Northampton to raise funds for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research. The orchestra, made up mostly by instrumental music teachers from Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, was conducted by Trevor Dyson. The violinist Ben Roskams (who played Bruch's 'Scottish Fantasy' in a  Northampton Symphony Orchestra concert reviewed here in June 2015) joined us to give a stunning performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The second half of the concert featured Beethoven’s epic ‘Symphony No 3 (Eroica)’ which I hadn’t played for many years. Perhaps because the orchestra only came together for one rehearsal, on Saturday afternoon, it felt like the concert benefited from a very high level of concentration and I think we gave a really exciting performance.

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