Review: EUCO Soloists, St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn
From the first notes played by The European Union Chamber Orchestra ,directed from the violin by period performance specialist, and conductor, Adrian Butterfield, I knew the well-attended St Nicholas’ Chapel festival audience, would experience an evening of fine and refreshing baroque works, played superbly; I was proved right!
In the concert’s first half, three favourite baroque works were performed, Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G major, Op6 No1, (the composer greatly influenced by Corelli), Mozart’s youthful and inventive Divertimento in D, K136,mature but not quite baroque and Marcello’s lovely Oboe Concerto played with finesse and verve, when required, by the talented young soloist, Hannah Condliffe.
Vivaldi’s ‘catchy’ and rhythmically original Concerto alla rustica, RV151, and JS Bach’s well known ‘double concerto’ for two violins in D minor, BWV1043, officially concluded the evening’s delights ,the sensitive soloists were Adrian Butterfield and Ciaran McCabe, but we were treated to an appropriate and lovely encore, the Chaconne from Henry Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’.
Well done to all involved , as some last minute changes to the evening had to be made, and thanks also to all the King's Lynn Festival’s generous sponsors. Another great success.
The European Union Chamber Orchestra in its entirety closes the festival tomorrow evening (Saturday) with a concert at St Nicholas Chapel.