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Sunday 22 June 2003
Martin Qvist Hansen piano
Erik Heide violin
Jonathan Slaatto cello
Haydn: Trio in C major
Ravel: Trio in A minor
Beethoven: The Archduke Piano Trio
The final concert of the 2003 festival was given by the Ondine Piano Trio, formed in Copenhagen in 1999.
Their programme was such a delight that it is easily understood why this talented group of young people had already won the Broadwood Piano Competition in 2000, the prestigious Parkhouse Award in London in 2001, and in the same month the First International Joseph Haydn Competition where they also received the prize for the best Haydn interpretation.
So dynamic, committed, intelligent, musical is their playing that it felt as though the audience was sitting on the edge of its seat not to miss a single note of the Haydn Trio in C Major, the Archduke Trio by Beethoven and Ravel’s Trio in A Minor.
It was a fitting end to a festival founded in 1989 to celebrate the life of David Parkhouse, a renowned pianist and chamber music player, and in whose memory the Parkhouse Award has been instigated.
Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 2003 directed by Nigel Perrin
Saturday 21 June 2003
Choral Workshop and Informal Concert
Nigel Perrin: Conductor
Peter Adcock Organ
Brendan Ashe Harmonium
Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Saturday brought together 180 singers form all parts of the South West, under the baton of Nigel Perrin, to sing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle.
Many of the singers, who return to Shaldon year on year, regarded this as one of the finest choral workshops they had attended.
Chetham’s School of Music 2003
Friday 20 June 2003
Chetham’s School of Music
Laura Lucas: Flute
Reinecke: Ballade, Opus 288
Andrew Turner: Horn
The Van Bellen Quintet
Mozart: String Quintet No 4 in G minor K516
Wadim Razoumy: Violin
Asha McCarthy: Cello
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro, Opus 70
Matthew van Bellen: Violin
Wieniawski: Concerto in D minor, Opus 22
The Friday Concert saw young people from Chetham’s School of Music, based in Manchester, present an engaging, lively and attractive programme. Chetham’s is one of the country’s finest training schools for highly talented young musicians. All the performers who came to Shaldon will be entering the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition.
The audience was enthralled with the exceptionally high quality of the performers who ranged in age from 11 to 17. One of the most memorable moments was the Khachaturian Violin Concerto, passionately played by the 14-year-old Russian Wadim Razoumy, a name to watch for the future.
Richard Studt and The Sinfonietta
Thursday 19 June 2003
Richard Studt and The Sinfonietta
Haydn: Symphony No. 44 ‘Trauer’
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 K495
Haydn: Violin Concerto in C major
Bach: Air on the G string
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A
Every seat was taken in St Peter’s Church as this year’s Shaldon Festival got off to a cracking start with a concert of baroque and classical masterpieces by violinist Richard Studt and The Sinfonietta.
A total of 894 seats were sold during the four nights of the festival.
For this listener at least it was a mix of the familiar and the less well known, but every work was performed to the highest of standards.
Haydn’s Symphony No. 44, the Trauer, opened the evening, followed by the famous strains of Pachelbel’s Canon and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. This latter showed the advantages of listening to, and watching, a live performance, because you could see the miracle of horn soloist Richard Berry producing beautiful music from a technically demanding work.
Richard Studt displayed his superb virtuosity in a performance of Haydn’s Violin Concerto, and we were then treated to a rendering of Bach’s Air on the G string, familiar from the cigar advertisements.
Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A rounded off the evening.