City of London Sinfonia

ALISON CROOSE King's LynnCorn Exchange


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Lesser-known works by well-known composers created another chapter in the success story of the CLS residency.

Imaginative programming and quality performances are the hallmark of their regular visits which delight West Norfolk audiences.

The latest was no exception, when the string section, directed by Nicholas Ward, played a variety of less familiar music which proved a welcome revelation.

Shostakovich is not everyone's favourite but he won new admirers after a stunning performance of his concerto for piano, trumpet and strings.

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The music challenges the pianist and Jonathan Scott did not disappoint. His playing was complemented by principal trumpet Nicholas Betts, whose role was to inject fun into the work.

He also featured in the neo-classical Concertina for trumpet and strings by Lars-Erik Larsson. The programme opened with Elgar's Serenade for string orchestra and Air and Dance by Delius. Tchaik-ovsky's little-known incidental music from Hamlet proved a gem and the evening concluded with Mendelssohn's seventh string symphony, a work full of imagination which he composed when he was only 12.

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