A passionate performance

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In February the Lewes Concert Orchestra gave its annual outreach concert in the rather chilly Civic Centre in Uckfield.

They started with a tribute to Benjamin Britten (100 years since his birth) – a scintillating performance of his arrangement of Rossini’s Soirees Musicales.

This was followed by a sublime rendition of Mozart’s lovely Clarinet Concerto played by Michael Barham, in which the pianissimo in the slow movement was out of this world.

After the interval a well-paced Haydn symphony preceded an absolutely stunning and highly emotional performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture “Romeo and Juliet”.

Conductor Adrian Shepherd produced such a passionate and driven performance that this listener, for one, was close to tears.

Their next concert is on Friday May 10th back in Lewes Town Hall, featuring the internationally acclaimed Chinese soprano Sophie Gopsill and Brahms’ 3rd Symphony.