EU Chamber Orchestra, King's Lynn

Repercussions of the terrible events in America on September 11 reverberated round King's Lynn's magnificent parish church, St Margaret's – in the form of a superb concert.

By ALISON CROOSE

Repercussions of the terrible events in America on September 11 reverberated round King's Lynn's magnificent parish church, St Margaret's – in the form of a superb concert by the European Union Chamber Orchestra.

If ever there was a manifestation of the saying: “It's an ill wind,” this was it.

The orchestra had to curtail a tour to the Middle East and India because of political tensions, and instead performed – under the banner of the Lynn Festival – a concert which had been destined for the Pakistani city of Islamabad.


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Such is the reputation the orchestra has earned at Lynn that, at short notice, it attracted a very appreciative audience.

The occasion further enhanced regard for the lively young orchestra as it performed a diverse but appealing programme which underlined its stature. Sixteen musicians from nine European countries, directed by charismatic violinist Lavard Skou Larsen, demonstrated their skills with a challenging repertoire.

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Handel's Concerto Grosso in B Flat provided a lively opening, followed by the coquettish dialogue of Bach's Concerto for two Violins in D Minor.

Two Aquarelles and Air and Dance by Delius provided a sombre contrast before the intensity of Mozart's Serenade in C Minor.

The orchestra's response to the emotional demands of the work was testimony to their musicanship.

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