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Review: EUCO, St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn

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The final night of the 70th King's Lynn Festival saw the European Union Chamber Orchestra give a majestic performance at St Nicholas Chapel.

Under the directorship of violinist Adrian Butterfield and featuring soloist Toby White on cello, the concert was much appreciated by an audience of some 250 festivalgoers populating the pews.

It began with Edward Elgar's Serenade for strings in E-minor, Op-20, with three short movements, including the oft-played Larghetto.

European Union Chamber Orchestra will close the festival once again (49784670)
European Union Chamber Orchestra will close the festival once again (49784670)

This early work from Elgar with its somewhat pastoral charm made it a charming start to the evening. It was followed by Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto in C major, featuring the tieless Toby White on cello with a flawless performance.

After the interval, there was a short Nocturne from Gabriel Faure and then a wonderful end to the evening with Pytor Tchaikovsky Serendade for strings, Op-48. This had an unscheduled hiatus when a principal violinist broke a string ahead of the Waltz section, leading to Adrian Butterfield quipping that he had left to put on his dancing shoes.

A very well balanced programme and one that made a great end to this year's shortened festival. Looking forward to next year already (when hopefully refreshment will be restored at the interval!)

Mark Leslie

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