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Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Christmas Concert

Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra
St Margaret's Church, Aspley
Saturday 2nd December 2017

Phoenix Concert Band

Joint Christmas Concert with the Beckett Choir

Phoenix Concert Band
Great Hall, James Graham Building, Leeds Beckett University Headingley Campus
Thursday 7th December 2017

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Article: Review

A review by Dave Joyce

The Yorkshire Wind Orchestra yet again produced a concert full of variety and beauty, on this occasion in the historic Square Chapel, enhanced by a backdrop of bleak hills surrounding Halifax.

They opened with a dignified and mature performance of Vaughan Williams' Folk Song Suite, which fitted perfectly with the surrounding industrial architecture, and ever changeable weather. This was followed by a dreamy delivery of Kenneth Heskeths' Danceries demonstrating the outstanding range of colours and tone this group can produce, flowing seamlessly between airy and florid woodwinds to the sheer magnificence and power of the lower brass.

Other highlights included Grainger's witty Lincolnshire Posy, depicting an intricate web of contrapuntal interjections that left members of the audience gasping in delight. David Bedford's minimalist Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves was well delivered with clarity and drive, although it might have benefited further from a more generous acoustic.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, expertly conducted by Keiron Anderson with his usual mix of insight and humour. A tremendous range of repertoire, maturely and thoughtfully delivered.

Review by Dave Joyce

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