Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, Summer Concert, St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn
The NSO's recent Summer Concert was an eventful one, both musically and otherwise.
To the music first. The concert was entitled Tales On A Summer Afternoon and we in the audience enjoyed a programme with two of the works having stories attached to them, or depicting scenes from Eastern Europe.
They were Smetana’s Symphonic Poem Vltava from his cycle of works: Ma Vlast (My Homeland) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Symphonic Suite: Scheherazade, Op.35.
Both pieces were played dramatically, as is the nature of the works, with all sections of the orchestra playing their part in bringing out the colour and brilliance of the orchestral writing.
Special mention should be given to the contribution made in Scheherazade by the orchestra ‘s new leader Paula Muldoon, who, in the violin passages depicting Scheherazade produced some of the finest string playing I’ve yet heard at St. Nicholas’ Chapel. Praise also should be given to the Orchestra’s Musical Director Philip Hesketh whose interpretations of both works emphasised well the drama, grandeur and lyricism of the music.
In the arrangement of Dvorak’s Czech Suite Op.39 for wind instruments by Graham Sheen, directed by Derek Oldfield this time, the charm of the music was brought to the fore, but I must confess a preference for the orchestral original, despite the delightful playing!
Lastly, we learnt at concert’s end, that Philip Hesketh, and players, Claire Luck and Philippa Barton (who was missing here as leader with a broken finger) are leaving the orchestra and Claire Clarke is standing down as friends’ secretary, (although still playing). Thanks for their great service to the NSO and audiences.We wish them well!
We look forward to the new season in November. Do keep an eye on the website: www.nso-uk.co.uk