Alison Balsom and Jonathan Scott

ALISON CROOSE King's Lynn Festival event at St Margaret's Church


A display of the burgeoning talents of two young musicians was enhanced by the use of the magnificent Snetzler organ in a church with a fine acoustic.

Though trumpet and organ are closely associated with sacred music, both lend themselves to other styles so the duo chose classical and contemporary works and even a hint of jazz to demonstrate their skills and the versatility of their instruments.

The only drawback was their change of programme because of the distance between the organ loft and the platform, and the difficulty of hearing their announcements.

But if the title of the music was unclear, there was no doubting the virtuosity of either musician, and it is no surprise that Alison Balsom is considered a rising star.

Jonathan Scott chose two solos with which to exploit the potential of the wonderful Snetzler organ and he relished the opportunity with Lemare's Carmen Fantasy with its themes from the Bizet opera.

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Together the pair delighted with their exploration of the repertoire for their instruments – and the concert concluded in some style with Handel's Suite in D Major, including the Trumpet Voluntary.

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