Wednesday, 21 November 2018

‘Intimate’ concert series takes off

ORGANISERS and supporters of the Concerts in Caversham series say the event is going from strength to strength.

ORGANISERS and supporters of the Concerts in Caversham series say the event is going from strength to strength.

More than 120 people attended the Spring concert at St Andrew’s Church on March 16. Pianist Adrienne Black, who set up the series with her husband, oboist Timothy Watts three years ago, played alongside violinist Xuan Du.

The duo performed pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Brahms and Gershwin.

A reception was held in St Andrew’s Hall following the concert.

Parishioner Henry Pares said: “The church is small enough for you to be able to see the musicians up close, almost to feel part of the performance, and the acoustics are as clear as a bell.

“Xuan played what looked to your non-expert reviewer like some hugely complicated pieces with great feeling and fluency. He studied violin in China from the age of 10, and it shows. Adrienne Black brought to bear her sensitivity and wide-ranging experience as a pianist with chamber orchestras and choral societies, and as a soloist, in a performance which drew its audience in and held them throughout.

“Having world-class musicians performing classical concerts in your local church is, frankly, a bit of a privilege.

“If you enjoy chamber music and live in or anywhere near Caversham Heights, these concerts are becoming unmissable.”

The next concert will be held on Saturday, June 2 at 7.30pm.

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