Feb 19, 2010

Snow won't stop baroque music

We enjoyed a wonderful concert last night in the Guildhall despite traffic problems created by the snowfall.
Students came together for a concert in the Assembly Room (on the 2nd floor) of the Worcester Guildhall.

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With its gorgeous decorated covings, arche ceilings and wood floor it was a perfect acoustic. The painting of Queen Charlotte (King George III's wife) looked on with approval; the portrait matched the period of the music.

Also in attendance was The Right Worshipful, The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Andy Roberts, who acted as the 'Presence' during a short dance demonstration.

Listeners were treated to music from as early as 1600 to as late as Thomas Arne in the mid 18th Century. A particular highlight for all were dances by Lully, originally composed as incidental music to Moliere's most famous play, Le Bourgeouis Gentilhomme. Students performed mainly without a conductor, using minimal vibrato, and taking leadership in many passages.

Unfortunately Alan Smith, Music Adviser for Worcestershire Arts Education was not able to make it due to the weather.
Students who had been in Malvern and Evesham were delayed (some on the roads for over 2 hours) but we managed to have all the pieces performed with the right personnel, if in a slightly different order than originally planned!