LIVE REVIEW: Antony and Friends, Central Methodist Church Todmorden, 27th February

As well as Antony Brannick himself this informal concert featured Tamsin Curror on clarinet, Ben Lawrence on viola, and Ailie Kerrane on piano.


Pieces by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Poulenc and Grieg opened the concert, in moods from dreamy to lively to eerie, but my favourite piece of the evening was ‘Farewell to Stromness’, a simple but evocative piano piece by Peter Maxwell-Davies, who lives in Orkney, which was played beautifully by Ailie Kerrane.

Beethoven’s piano sonata in C minor started with a wakeup call of an allegro, continued with an aspirational-feeling adagio, and finished with a busy prestissimo in which Beethoven kept interrupting himself.

Mozart’s elegant Kegelstatt trio, featuring all three instruments, concluded an evening of varied music and instrumental skill. Though Wikipedia does not confirm this, there is a story that Mozart composed it in a skittle alley. Sounds like something he might do.

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I came to Todmorden in 1979 with my record collection but have gradually become converted to live music