Lon. Mozart Players, John Harle, Hingham

MICHAEL DRAKE On the face of it an unlikely combination as a most versatile saxophonist joined a string quartet from a leading chamber orchestra.

MICHAEL DRAKE

On the face of it an unlikely combination as a most versatile musician joined a string quartet from a leading chamber orchestra, but with carefully planned compatibility, Saturday's concert, presented by Wingfield Arts, brought huge pleasure to an enthusiastic audience at St Andrew's Church.

The open spaces of the church consumed the String Ensemble in Mozart's Divertimento in D, leaving them rather remote and, in the Presto, almost running away – put right in Britten's Simple Symphony for Strings with its rhythmic fun, satisfying gentility and colourful variation.

John Harle looked to Mozart's contemporary, Franz Krommer in the first of his arrangements, and in the Quartet originally for oboe and strings, set an almost trumpet-like tone on the soprano sax.

The mood changed dramatically for Jean Francaix' Quartet for cor anglais and strings, the whole being in essence jazzy.

Finally back to jazz and Chick Corea's Children's Songs, again arranged by Harle. It showcased a brilliant display of Harle's technique, with the third song easily bearing its repeat.

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