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King’s Lynn Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Review complets concert series reviewed by Andy Tyler





The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra completed its current concert series with a fine programme at St Nicholas’ Chapel entitled Summer Showcase, finishing just before a heavy seasonal downpour, writes Andy Tyler.

Spirits were not dampened however, as the music performed was at times both soothing and exhilarating.

A bold performance of Haydn’s popular Trumpet Concerto, with Ian Laing as soloist, started proceedings, followed by Dvorak’s romantic Serenade for Wind Instruments, cello and double bass played beautifully, with feeling by the musicians.

Ian Laing pursued a full-time music career in orchestra pits for touring musicals, TV and radio sessions for the BBC
Ian Laing pursued a full-time music career in orchestra pits for touring musicals, TV and radio sessions for the BBC

These first two works contrasted well.

In the concert’s second half soloists, Anna Hopkins, flute, and Alex Rider, harp gave a spirited rendering of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, contrasting well the varied moods of the piece.

The concert ended with a not so well known work, Saint-Saëns Marceau de concert, a short work for harp and orchestra, tuneful and inventive with plenty of glissandi.

Alex Rider freelances with major ensembles throughout the UK including the BBC Concert, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras
Alex Rider freelances with major ensembles throughout the UK including the BBC Concert, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras

Alex discharged his role as soloist with panache and Steve Bingham conducted the orchestra.

The concert was well attended and I look forward to the orchestra’s new season starting Sunday, November 5, with music by Verdi, Massenet and Berlioz.

Anna Hopkins studied for four years at the Royal College of Music
Anna Hopkins studied for four years at the Royal College of Music

Written and reviewed by Andy Tyler.



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