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S.E.C.C.Lunch Time Concert Thursday 7 February 2019


The audience of about 100 people enjoyed an excellent Clarinet Recital at our  Winter Lunch-time Concert on Thursday, 7 February 2019. The clarinetist, Nathan Ross, is Principal clarinet of the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra and well known to us as a member of the Blackwater Valley Wind Quintet. He was accompanied on the piano by his father, Ross Winters,  who was Professor of Recorder at the Royal College of Music and Head of Recorder at Birmingham Conservatoire. 

The excellent programme commenced with four of  Gerald Finzi's  Five Bagatelles: mellow but decisive Prelude; atmospheric Romance; wistful  Carol; and graceful Forlana - most musically performed. The 3rd Movement: Rondo Allegretto of Francois Devienne's Premiere Sonata was exhilarating, with rapid fingerwork, gentle middle passages and a fantastic ending!  

The audience was privileged to hear award-winning composer Elizabeth Winters' composition 'Prelude 6.52 am'! The piece is linked to the birth of her son, Edward, at 6.52 am! It is constructed on one constantly developing idea, with drama, intensity and moments of repose, finally coming to rest. It was wonderful to hear the piece played so sensitively by Father, accompanied by Grandfather and listened to by Mother, Grandmother and Edward! 

Finally, André Messager's Solo de Concours (Competition Solo) showed the performers' amazing skills in the brilliant, rapid fingerwork, lyrical middle section and fantastic runs at the end. The 'Family Recital' with very high professional standards received tumultuous applause!