LIVE REVIEW: Antony and Friends – Central Methodist Hall, Todmorden – 13th July 2019

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The wind quintet of Lynda Robertson (flute), Nina Jarman (oboe), Rachael Gibbon (clarinet), Bob Shaw (horn) and David Buck (bassoon) ably performed the first part of this concert.

Three movements from Gordon Jacob’s Wind Quintet no 1 opened. There was a quirky Allegro, an Andante con moto with some lovely flute music, and a rippling Allegro molto.
Three movements from Franz Danzi’s Quintet in D minor (Op 68 nr 3) began hesitantly, continued serenely, then became more formal and finally lively.

Next came Malcolm Arnold’s very enjoyable Three Shanties for Wind Quintet. A manic “Drunken Sailor” opened, followed by the calmer “Boney Was a Warrior”, and concluding with the lively “Johnny come down to Hilo”, first staccato and then flowing.

The second part was performed by a string quintet: Maria Becker and Mary Anderson on violin, John Goodstadt on viola, and Paul Hickman and Rosy Hickman on cello. It consisted of Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major (D956). This featured the beautiful melodies that you might expect from Schubert. There were varying moods: doomy, dreamy, vigorous. The audience showed their appreciation of the musicians’ skill in this long work.

The next concert is not expected till September. To get on the mailing list for these small, friendly concerts contact abrannick@garrattslaw.co.uk or 0161 665 3502.