European Union Chamber Orchestra, Bury

FRANK CLIFF A thoroughly enjoyable if hardly adventurous programme performed by the strings of the EUCO directed from the violin by Lavard Skou Larsen provided the first orchestral concert of this year's Bury Festival.

FRANK CLIFF

A thoroughly enjoyable if hardly adventurous programme performed by the strings of the EUCO directed from the violin by Lavard Skou Larsen provided the first orchestral concert of this year's Bury Festival.

Period-style performance on modern instruments seems to me to incorporate the best of all possible worlds. This ensemble of 15 strings plus harpsichord continuo seemed to prove this beyond reasonable doubt in a stylish performance of Handel's Concerto Grosso opus 6 No 7 in B flat. Equally enjoyable was their reading of the third Salzburg symphony of Mozart K138 which prefaced the core of the evening's concert – Tamsin Little's performance of the two violin concertos of Bach. These too were stylish, with thoroughly musical playing from Tamsin Little.

Good to have the opportunity of hearing again John Woolrich's Ulysses Awakes for viola and strings.

t The EuropeanUnion Chamber Orchestra were performing at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

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