18 Apr 2017
With music ranging from Borodin to Marvin Gaye, all the major ensembles performed in a concert of extremely high quality. Following on from their work with Christine Whiffen earlier in the term, the String Ensemble performed Handel’s Queen of Sheba and Corelli’s Christmas Concerto with continuo adding to the authenticity of the performance. Borodin’s majestic String Quartet in D Major was performed by the String Quartet before the Symphony Orchestra played with verve as they performed Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and the final movement of Dvorak’s 8th Symphony. James Ritchie was the chosen soloist and his masterful interpretation of Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto was ably supported by the orchestra. Lighter music followed in the second half from the Brass and Saxophone Ensembles before the power of the Jazz Band was unleashed. Finally, the Concert Band concluded the evening with Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite before the sublime and jazzy music of George Gershwin provided a fitting end to an evening of wonderful music making.