DAVID ALDER writes...It was a bright and cheerful Sunday with high Spring tides and a stimulating cool breeze as concert-goers converged on the Platform for the penultimate concert of the season.
The concert opened with a spirited rendering of Auber’s once very popular overture ‘The Bronze Horse’ and concluded with a fine performance of Roger Quilter’s lively ‘Three English Dances’, as arranged by Percy Fletcher.
In between were charmingly lyrical works by Haydn Wood and Herman Finck, a quirky piece by Ernie Golden called ‘The Toymaker’s Dream’, in which the orchestra thoroughly enjoyed itself and the percussion section had a field day, a stirring naval march from World War I by Kenneth Alford, and a selection of tunes from Robert Stolz’s celebrated operetta ‘Wild Violets’.
But it was probably the more unusual items which stole the show. First was James McLeod, who played the breathtaking solo part in his own arrangement of Bazzini’s ‘Dance of the Goblins’. His encore was a virtuoso Norwegian piece for euphonium alone in which the instrument produced an intriguing range of sounds, ranging from the kazoo to the didgeridoo!
The orchestra, once again ably led by Julian Cann, excelled in its ensemble and sectional playing and Howard Rogerson held proceedings together with his usual style, dedication and good humour.
Yet another enjoyable concert and there is still an opportunity to catch the last concert of the season on May 17.