March 14, 2017 Jerome Sadler 2 comments

Reflections on the CRSO Concert, February 2017

Mahler, Brahms, Matthew Brown and Beethoven

Thank you very much to the +-430 people who came to the CRSO's concert on the 25th February; we hope that you felt very welcome, and that you enjoyed the evening. This was a demanding programme for the orchestra, and several members of the orchestra told me how the music had inspired them and they had played their hearts out. I hope that this came across; there certainly was a lovely atmosphere in the hall. Do let us know if you have any feedback on the occasion, the repertoire, or how we can make our audience's experience with the orchestra better.
Isn't Mahler's Blumine a wonderful piece of early Mahler? Brian Rance, the CRSO principal trumpet, played a trumpet that he had bought especially to play the Mahler, and he played beautifully. It will not have been clear to the audience, but Brian was not at all well on the day of the concert, and in fact had been given medical advice to go into hospital a few days beforehand. Excellent and dedicated professional that he is, Brian performed for us all, and I was full of admiration for him. Brian is now in Medway hospital waiting for his heart operation, and we are all thinking a lot about him.
The World Premiere of Matthew Brown's atmospheric Beverley Meadow fulfilled all of the expectations which I'd had by looking through this sensitively orchestrated work. We were very grateful for the support of the RVW Trust for the performance of Matthew's work.

Composer Matthew Brown, Pianist Jerome Sadler and CRSO Orchestral Manager Elisabeth Sadler during a break in rehearsals
Composer Matthew Brown, Pianist Jerome Sadler and CRSO Orchestral Manager Elisabeth Sadler during a break in rehearsals

The orchestra's enthusiastic performance of Beethoven's exuberant Seventh Symphony sent this audience member, at least, to an after-concert party with a smile on my face. Of course, I enjoyed playing the Brahms D Minor Concerto - a marathon for both the orchestra and the soloist - and we have a few memories of it below.

The concert was sponsored by the Friends of the CRSO; the orchestra is, as always very grateful for the support of this group. One other comment; we put together some children's programmes for this concert, along with a little competition. Do let us know if these were a success.

If you are in the Herne Bay area on Sunday 19th March, do join a group of us from the CRSO playing a concert of chamber music at the United Church, Mortimer Street CT6 5EB. The poster for the event is below.

CRCE Herne Bay Concert March 2017
CRCE Herne Bay Concert March 2017

The orchestra has also started rehearsals for the CRSO's next concert in Chatham on the 13th May, which includes Saint-Saëns's Organ Symphony, with Scott Farrell as soloist; this should be another very special occasion, so please do join us.

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  1. I was really pleased to see so many children at the concert. I hope they enjoyed it and will come back to listen to the guitar concerto on 13 May .

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