Concert on Sunday 21st July 2002
Peel Hall, Salford University
Conductor Barrie McKinnon
Leader Jon Henderson
Soloist Angela Rowley
Suppé Morning Noon and Night Overture
Ernest Tomlinson English Folk Dances Suite
Richard Strauss Four Last Songs
Ernest Tomlinson Little Serenade
Schubert Symphony No 5
Concert Feedback 1 - from Barrie McKinnon
A very enjoyable concert! Overall the playing was very tight indeed and the orchestra produced some exciting moments. The overture was played with pace and confidence and provided a great start to the concert. I really enjoyed the Tomlinson Suite - I suppose it's because I actually like the music - but we played this very well, with some excellent woodwind solo and ensemble quality. Ernest really appreciated the performance - so that must be a good sign.
The Strauss obviously provided the greatest challenge of the night - and we rose to that challenge. Some of the orchestra textures were quite superb with well controlled intonation. Balance was a problem in places but that was to be expected - overall a really great performance.
After the rigours of the first half the band seemed to settle and relax during the Symphony. This was very well performed with particular attention to dynamic change (we can do it when we want to!!) and was a fitting end to an excellent concert.
In very general terms I was very pleased with the overall sound we produced on the night - some excellent string tone (especially in 'the middle') and some accomplished playing from the wind and brass. I was particularly pleased with the timps and percussion - our two young guest players are a credit to Irene's ability as a teacher and our two 'less young' players (Peter and Irene) were their usual excellent selves. So, well done to all and I look forward to seeing you on September 4th for some Dvorak, Brahms and Strauss.
Concert Feedback 2 - from a music lover
An expressive performance of Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs was the highlight of a concert by the Salford Symphony Orchestra on Sunday. The renowned soprano Angela Rowley gave a moving account of this late-Romantic masterpiece, and the orchestra under their conductor, Barrie McKinnon, tackled the score’s lush harmonies and sweeping melodies.
The concert, given at the University of Salford’s Peel Hall, began with Franz von Suppé’s lively Morning Noon and Night Overture. The orchestra excelled in Ernest Tomlinson’s Suite of English Folk Dances, with good woodwind solos and lilting string tone. The Rawtenstall-born composer of much light music for the BBC was present to hear this and his ‘Little Serenade’.
The last work in the programme was Schubert’s delightful 5th Symphony, enjoyed by audience and musicians alike.