City of London Sinfonia

ALISON CROOSE King's Lynn Corn Exchange


King's Lynn Corn Exchange

Haydn's set of three symphonies - representing morning, noon and evening - was designed to show off the skills of his orchestra.

The CLS used the works to showcase its own highly-talented musicians - and the result was a real treat, deftly led by director Nicholas Ward. The symphonies were wrapped round another work that features a delightful combination of instruments, Mozart's Concerto for flute and harp.

Haydn's Le Matin, Le Midi and Le Soir are characterised by solos from all sections of the orchestra. In Le Matin the flute is prominent, in Le Midi the first violin is the prima donna, while the double bass also enjoys the limelight in these fascinating works, which conclude in a spectacular evening storm.

Karen Jones (flute) and Rachel Masters (harp) demonstrated their virtuosity in Mozart's Concerto but the composer's penchant for grand orchestration ensured all sections had key roles to play. The warmth of the reception from the large audience said it all.

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