Norfolk Symphony Orchestra impress at Friends’ concert

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What a tonic it was to forget all about national affairs for a while and attend The Friends of The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Concert last Sunday at that lovely venue of St Nicholas’ Chapel, in Lynn

We were able to enjoy refreshing performances of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings Op.48 and then after the interval excerpts from his ballet, The Nutcracker, which also included pieces from the famous suite.

In both works the tempo was steady and there were moments of great delicacy, with warm string tone.

Although not always a fan of a commentary from conductors, I personally found Philip Hesketh’s re-telling of The Nutcracker plot and his experiences from the Royal Opera House during his conducting of the ballet there both fascinating and amusing.

It was good to hear some of the less well known extracts from the ballet as well as the more famous pieces, but there was drama and charm in good measure as the music progressed. Phillipa Barton led the orchestra with grace.

The concert was free to Friends of the orchestra and there are regularly free tickets for young people at the orchestra’s concerts, so I advise readers to take a look at the orchestra’s website and perhaps become a Friend.

I for one certainly look forward to the next concert in November.