Britten Jeugd Strikorkest shine at King's Lynn Festival 2018
Talent is always appreciated. Even more so when it comes from young hands, perhaps.
So the performance by the Netherlands-based Britten Jeugd Strikorkest at Lynn Minster on Monday was a sheer joy to experience.
Conductor Loes Visser , who founded the orchestra in 2007, effortlessly guided her young musicians through a wide-ranging programme of classical pieces.
Violins, cellos, double bass and piano worked smoothly together to deliver the selection superbly.
Warlock's Capriol Suite opened the concert with musicians standing to perform light, tripping tones rising to a spirited conclusion. This was followed by smooth, low notes, soft to the point of being soporific, all precisely executed.
The Schnitke Suite, the story of an unknown actor, was introduced as being a favourite of the conductor's and it was easy to see why as it contained so many interesting elements. Soft violin was played alongside the deep, rich notes of the piano, creating a peaceful piece which flowed exquisitely.
As if playing with the instruments' bows wasn't enough, the abilities of these young musicians was further exemplified by their clever plucking, with fingers gliding over the strings.
The programme was packed with more classical delights, including Rachmaninov's Vocalise Op.34 No.14 , Piazzolla's The Summer from the Four Seasons and Grieg's Holberg Suite.
Aside from musical instruments, the orchestra had another offering up its sleeve in the form of the vocal talents of two of its members.
Both singers who performed solo, one singing Irving Berlin's How Deep is The Ocean, and the other who sang The Rose and The Willow, received a warm, rapturous applause from a very appreciative audience.
The Britten Youth String Orchestra's captivating performance was delivered with absolute professionalism and was a real treat for festival goers.
The concert was sponsored by West Norfolk Council.
Review by Julie Graham