More than 100 people attended Lewes Town Hall on Friday, October 31, to enjoy a concert given by the Lewes Concert Orchestra.
The orchestra was under the confident direction of Ian McCrae, who succeeded Adrian Shepherd in 2013, following Adrian’s death.
The orchestra opened brightly with Vaughan Williams’ overture ‘The Wasps’, composed as incidental music to the play by Aristophanes. The opening buzzing sound of the strings vividly brought the idea of wasps to mind.
This was followed by the popular L’Arlesienne Suite by Bizet, again composed as incidental music to a play. The first movement unusually features a saxophone, whose beautiful melody was finely played by Nigel Allen.
Finally, the appreciative audience heard Dvorak’s ever popular Symphony No. 9 – From the New World. The orchestra truly showed the new world’s vigour and adventure. They also finely brought out the contrast between the calm and evocative Largo, with its expressive cor anglais theme, and the vigorous other movements, where the brass certainly gave a good account of themselves.
Watch out for the next outing from this orchestra. It’ll be on December 19, and will feature seasonal music, choral items and carols – and possibly some audience participation!