"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
CITY OF LONDON SINFONIA
CITY OF LONDON
Concert at the Civic Theatre
The first of this
season's Civic Concerts welcomed back the City of London Sinfonia, in
a timely celebration of British music, with a special focus on
Benjamin Britten, whose centenary we celebrate this month.
conductor, Michael Collins, premièred Britten's Clarinet Concerto
[realised by Colin Matthews] some sixteen years ago, and it was a
real privilege to hear him play the mysterious elegiac slow movement
in a new arrangement for small string orchestra by Joseph Phibbs.
The evening began
with Britten's arrangement of a Purcell Chacony, and ended with a
dramatic interpretation of the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
from the Scots tenor Thomas Walker and horn player Stephen Stirling.
the piece with which he won the BBC Young Musician Competition back
in '78, the Finzi Concerto: a lyrical reading of the clarinet part,
contrasted with some forceful string playing.
The Sinfonia, led
by David Juritz, were on sparkling form – I don't think I've ever
heard the Holst St Paul's Suite played with such verve and evident
enjoyment, from the muscular jig to the folk fiddle freedom of the