An Evening of Classics for Pleasure
MICHAEL DRAKE Dereham Festival
There was no time to lose interest in Wednesday's evening programme in the resurrected festival with nearly two dozen items performed by a quintet of local artists.
It was relatively informal as compere and poet Colin Traverse introduced them - later he read some of his own poetic observations in animated style with "Pussykins" being particularly am-meeow-sing.
Accompanying pianist Olwyn Brough had few rests (and surprisingly, no solo spot herself) as she was first joined in Fauré's Après un Rêve by the sure, bright tone of flautist Sarah King and then Catherine Baxter (clarinet) whose playing always flowed in style despite suspect tuning in excerpts from Finzi's Five Bagatelles.
The two wind players also made a compatible duo in Borodin's Nocturne from Prince Egor - which many years ago reached the heights as a pop song.
Mezzo soprano Elisabeth Gould Traverse pleasantly sang a number of diverse items, always with fine diction, of which Schubert's Ave Maria was the most sensitive.
- 1 A coach 'filled with people' and a van crash on the NDR
- 2 Heavy winds set to hit Norfolk as yellow weather warning issued
- 3 Broads pub once visited by Chelsea players shuts for good
- 4 One person rescued after crash on A47
- 5 ‘We need action now’: Flood hit Broads business backs river barrier calls
- 6 Tribute to keen mountain biker who died on ride
- 7 Theatre director's planning bid branded 'an attempt to rewrite history'
- 8 Norwich City transfer rumours: Idah out, Hugill back in for Canaries?
- 9 Body found in woods near Mildenhall
- 10 Ambulance chief: 'I'm sorry.... things will get worse before they get better'
The pattern continued until after a rather long poetic precursor, the joyful Ensemble, which closely followed an outstanding performance of the first movement from Mozart's Flute Concerto No 2, and, heralding summer perhaps, the traditional "Lark in the clear air," to end a popular concert.