Competitive Festival Winners Concert

Chapter House, Gorleston

> Chapter House, Gorleston

This was a memorable evening featuring young instrumentalists Rachel Ridout (saxophone) and Tom Poulson (trumpet).

Rachel possesses superb breath control and, while revealing her skill in some very challenging music, her interpretations were always shot through with lucidity and intelligence.

She plays saxophone with a clear tone and unsentimental focus, playing extremely difficult passages with ease, almost relishing opportunities for spirited timing and exuberance.

The jazzy music of Devil's Rag was extremely well suited to her dexterity and joie de vivre, making this lighthearted piece sparkle.

Tom Poulson likewise showed his prowess on the trumpet.

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He began his recital with the Fantasy for Trumpet by Malcolm Arnold, a patron of the festival. This was followed by a glorious rendering of Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, his playing inspired with expressive eloquence, lyricism, subtle colouring and imagination.

For some, a highlight of the evening would be a performance of Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets in which Tom was joined by a friend, John Coulter. This was an extremely beautiful performance.

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