Expert playing keeps music fresh and exciting

Spring Concert, Lewes Concert Orchestra, Lewes Town Hall, Friday, May 23

The Lewes Concert Orchestra’s Spring Concert, conducted by Ian McCrae and led by Lisa Wigmore, opened with four movements from Tchaikovky’s ‘Swan Lake’ suite.

Although familiar, the performance was fresh and exciting, with some superb solos from some members of the orchestra.

This was followed by an unfamiliar Concerto for two flutes by Cimarosa, expertly and movingly played by Sue Gregg and Anne Hodgson, accompanied by a reduced orchestra.

After the interval an augmented orchestra played the ‘Planets’ Suite by Holst.

The music, varying from the excitement of ‘Mars’ and ‘Jupiter’ to the ethereal beauty of ‘Venus’ ended with ‘Neptune’ and the mystical, wordless singing of the female voices of Schola Cantorum of St Pancras Church in Lewes.

LCO’s next concert will be at 2.30 on Sunday, June 15, in Lewes Town Hall. This will be a joint concert with the Buxted Symphony Orchestra in commemoration of their late conductor, Adrian Shepherd.

The programme will consist of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Mendelssohn’s 3rd Symphony, the Scottish.