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Saturday 14th November 2020

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25th Anniversary Concert Albert Hall Nottingham

The concert to celebrate the 25th year of NSWO was planned to be just that! A celebration of the achievements of this group formed 25 years ago this month. The programme contained a great variety of music with significant musical challenges throughout.

The performance of Grainger's Spoon River was excellent. Full of finesse and colour, featuring the harp and piano so brilliantly scored and played.

The group premiered my own piece Praeludium, written for the occasion and dedicated to Margaret and David who have worked tirelessly to make the group what it is today. This piece created challenges with the constant modulations and changing orchestration but the group really gave a measured and moving performance which really pleased me from start to finish.

Equus by Eric Whitacre is always an exciting piece for both the performers and the audience and the group gave a dazzling and driving rendition which really brought an amazing reaction with a long and hearty round of applause.

To go directly into accompaniment mode for the Ronald Binge sax concerto is a skill that requires experience and NSWO gave a really sensitive flowing performance by Ali Parnell the balanced accompaniment that he richly deserved.

Ernest Tomlinson's Variations on Auld Lang Syne with 129 tunes all somehow played with the famous tune somewhere in the mix is 20 minutes of frenetic humour. This is not an easy work to present in full but judging from the reaction of the audience, the band managed to get some clarity into the sometimes confusing score.

The second half culminated in a massed bands "Last Night of the Proms" style finale which unified all of the players and brought a very successful concert to a rousing conclusion.

The people who make this orchestra tick know who they are and I would like to thank them and all of the players for a very good concert.

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