CONCERT REVIEW: Purely Classical: Todmorden Orchestra – Todmorden Town Hall – 25th March 2023


The concert opened with Edward Elgar’s “Cockaigne”, an appealing musical description of London. The mood varied from busyness to serenity.

The next work was Carl Nielsen’s concerto for flute and orchestra. The composer skilfully arranged the music so that the orchestra would not drown out the flute, and the skilled soloist, Federico Pavio, at times seemed to get the flute surfing on the orchestral sound.

Lastly came Johannes Brahms’ melodious second symphony, with its full-blooded finish.

Another great display of our local orchestra, with conductor Nicholas Concannon Hodges.

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