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13 June 2023

An image of Bath Festival Orchestra on stage in Cadogan Hall London. The hall is lit with purple lights. The orchestra is wearing black and are photographed mid-performance. The conductor stands at the front.

Concert review: Cadogan Hall, London Thursday 8 June 2023

“All told, these young players, under the tight direction of Manning, demonstrated arresting command of these string orchestra gems.”           **** Bachtrack

On Thursday 8 June we were back at Cadogan Hall London with our Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Peter Manning to re-create one of the programmes that was performed by the Orchestra in the 1950s with our founder, Yehudi Menuhin as concertmaster and Michael Tippett conducting.

Alongside Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge, Corelli’s Concerto Grosso In F Major Op. 6, No. 2 and Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante On A Theme Of Corelli, we were joined on stage by young musicians from Bobby Moore Academy. Together, we performed Secrecy Sounds, a piece conceived as a tenth movements of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings with music and poetry written by the students and a piece they wrote earlier in the year inspired by Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No 2.

Nick Boston from Bachtrack was there to hear it and we’re particularly proud to read his warm words about the performance:

“great use of the mixed instrumentation and abilities, with some strong, rhythmic pizzicato from strings, melodic wind playing and energetic brass, as well as lively percussion, all performed with impressive proficiency and drive. It was great to see such valuable work at the heart of the evening.”

We’re also feeling quite warm and fuzzy about his comments on the other pieces in the evening.  That Ben Goldscheider’s “athletic virtuosity in the demanding Hymn was matched ably by Tritschler’s nimble agility” in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and that he had “rarely heard a more insightful and tight reading” of the Tippett.

Thanks Nick!

You can read the full review on the Bachtrack website