CONCERT REVIEW: Todmorden Orchestra: Where Scotland Meets Ireland – Todmorden Town Hall – 19th March 2022


The concert began with a Ukrainian tune.

“The Land of the Mountain and the Flood” by Hamish MacCunn, a rousing and atmospheric piece, was followed by Max Bruch’s tuneful and vigorous Scottish Symphony, which featured violinist Shuwei Zuo, an accomplished and expressive musician.

The second half opened with Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances”, in turn vigorous, perky, tranquil and riotous.

Ireland got a look in with Amy Beach’s complex and powerful Symphony no 2 (Gaelic) with its assertive ending.

Another proof that Todmorden Orchestra is back.

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