LIVE REVIEW: Todmorden Orchestra Todmorden 17th March & Antony and friends 24th March, Central Methodist Church, Todmorden

Reviews of two recent concerts at Todmorden Town Hall

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Spring Romance Todmorden Orchestra 17 March 2018

The concert began with a robust and lively overture from Berlioz, “Les Franc-Juges”. The next piece was Spohr’s clarinet concerto number 1. Rachael Gibbon’s expressive and skilled performance was a treat for lovers of this instrument.

The concert concluded with Dvorak’s eighth symphony, featuring a leading role for the flutes, and including a gorgeous ¾ time movement. The orchestra did it full justice.

The next TO concert is on 23 June and features film music.

Antony and friends 24 March 2018

This concert featured Andrew Rostron on violin as well as Antony Brannick on piano. It began with both players in Beethoven’s melodious Romance no 1 (op 40), and continued with the same composer’s Piano Sonata no 31 (op 110). This was a piece of rapidly changing moods, ably interpreted by Antony Brannick.

After the interval were two pieces by Brahms. First came the regretful-feeling Intermezzo (op 117 no 2), for piano. Both players were at their best in the last piece of the evening, the Violin Sonata no 3. Moods varied from solemn to forceful to stormy, and Brahms’ score used each instrument to its best advantage, contrasting the turbulent piano and the flowing violin.

The next concert is on 14 April, featuring percussion. To get on the mailing list contact Antony on abrannick@garrattslaw.co.uk or 0161 665 3502.