Concert Review LICHFIELD SINFONIA

LICHFIELD SINFONIA Sunday 12th May 2013

You don’t normally associate Lichfield Arts with classical music. Many people might think the two are almost mutually exclusive, which isn’t true but a story for another campfire. In May and November Lichfield Arts provides the bar for the principle concerts performed by the Lichfield Sinfonia in the Guildhall. The concerts reflect a brave and varied music programme that includes popular composers’ less played works or pieces by less well known composers. Frequently the orchestra which is filled people who play for the enjoyment, challenge and love of the music is joined by soloists with national and international reputations.

This Sunday just gone (12th May) was no exception. Using the title Unfinished Business the evening was started with Schubert’s and Borodin’s unfinished symphonies. If these were works in progress you have to wonder what we would of heard if the composers had the chance to sit back, put down their pens and declare the piece finished.

After the interval it was the composer Paul Lewis conducting the Sinfonia playing his Festival of London March. The piece is unpublished but you may well of heard it played n the radio, just as you will almost certainly of heard music he has composed for scores of movies and television programmes. This was followed by extracts from Prokoviev’s Romeo and Juliet and the evening was ended Soirees Musicales Opus 9. A bit of Britten always being a good excuse for the percussionists to give the drums a wallop.

The Sinfonia itself sounds better with every concert. Under the baton of Sarah Birchall and the leadership of Peter King it is developing a more rounded less strident string sound. The different sections are learning to work and play together and beginning to develop a sound and style of their own.

The next concert in the Guildhall will be Sunday 24th November when they Sinfonia will be joined by Korean violinist Soh-Yon Kim playing Sibelius Violin Concerto.
What makes the Sinfonia concerts special is they offer a rare opportunity to hear classical music played live in a local venue.

If you are interested in hearing them play or are a musician and you think you might like to join the Sinfonia their details are on the web at www.lichfieldsinfonia.co.uk , you can send an email to info@lichfieldsinfonia.co.uk or ring 01543 264 178

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