Jonathan Farey (horn), Mana Shibata (oboe), Suzie Clements (flute), Joseph Shiner (clarinet), Catriona McDermid (bassoon)
Ibert: Trois Pièces Brèves
Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C# minor
Arnold: Three Sea Shanties
Barber: Summer Music
Amy Beach: Pastorale
Woolrich: Book of Studies Set 1
Patterson: Westerly Winds
Friday 15 March 2019 at 7.30pm
St Michael’s Church, Bailiffgate, Alnwick NE66 1LY
Alnwick Music Society’s latest concert, held at St Michael’s Church, featured the dynamic young Magnard Ensemble. The concert included a varied range of music for wind quintet by composers ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to the prominent young British composer John Woolrich. Among the highlights of the evening were three short pieces by Jacques Ibert, full of gallic wit, Summer Music by Samuel Barber, evoking the stifling heat of the American South and Three Shanties by Malcolm Arnold at his exuberant best. These were all virtuoso performances greatly enjoyed by an appreciative audience.
On the following morning the Magnards presented a children’s concert of Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music based around the works of Roald Dahl with music composed by Martin Butler and Paul Patterson. The Ensemble performed this music with an elan that made it equally enjoyable, both for children and accompanying adults, while the stories were brought to life by the lively performance of narrator Sheena May who successfully engaged with her young audience. Bad weather meant that numbers were small but those who had braved the elements were rewarded with a memorable experience.