LIVE REVIEW: Antony and Friends, Central Methodist Church Todmorden, 7th May

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This concert featured Jonathan Whitehead and Paula Mayland on violin, Tim Benjamin on viola and David Leys on cello.

We started with Jonathan Whitehead on violin and Antony Brannick on piano for the third movement of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in A major (Op 12 nr 2), a bright and elegant piece. Next came Grieg’s piano sonata in E minor (op 7) with its varying moods.

Tim Benjamin and David Leys then took turns with Bach’s suite in G major. Officially this should have all been on the cello but in Bach’s time the sizes of various string instruments were less strictly defined. The viola did seem to work in the movements for which it was selected.

The first piece after the interval was a world premiere – Whitehead’s Little Suite for String Quartet “Dorian”. It was an energetic modern piece that did not scorn good tunes and got through to the audience.

The concert finished with Beethoven’s string quartet in C minor (Op 18 nr 4), which varied in mood and pace but had a positive feel at the end.

For details of next concert contact Antony on 01706 815712 or acb@wrigleyclaydontod.com.