Concert archive

31st Aug/1st Sept. - Late Summer Baroque

Again we headed off on our late-summer mini-tour with a programme of easy listening and varied Baroque treats. On Friday 31st August at 7.30pm we performed at the beautiful St. Mary's church, Attleborough, and on Saturday 1st September we returned to Binham Priory which has to be one of the atmospheric concert venues in East Anglia.
Friday 31st August - St Mary's Attleborough
Saturday 1st Sept. - Binham Priory.

Director - Jim O'Toole
Oboe soloists - Leo Duarte and Robert De Bree
Violin Soloists in the Vivaldi Concerto - Jim O'Toole, Dominic Hopkins, Liz Skinner, Philip Yeeles.

Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Wassenaer - Concerto in 7 parts no.1
Purcell - Chaconne
Albinoni - Concerto for 2 oboes
Boyce Symphony no.1
Vivaldi - Concerto for 4 violins in B minor
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.11


A Polished Performance
Norwich Baroque - Binham Priory

This venue has long been on my 'there's always tomorrow' places but Saturday evening provided perfect timing for its removal from the list with Norwich Baroque's concert opening with Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba at a cracking pace (later departing in a rather less sure-footed encore) and with a duet of very compatible oboes.

Wilhelm van Wassanaer is an infrequent visitor to concert programmes but the Priory's splendid acoustic was entirely suited to the two Grave movements, both solemn and slightly melancholy, which made the music somewhat different to the Dutchman's contemporaries.
Purcell's Chacony added stateliness and fine definition before Albinoni's Concerto for 2 (animated) oboes harmonised relatively simply but so effectively above a warm ensemble.

William Boyce's Symphony No.1, both lively and stately and quite uninhibited (not that NB are ever otherwise) was followed by an unusual Concerto for 4 violins of many contrasts before a final Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.11. marked by concertante subtlety and rippieno depth of tone.

Perhaps one or two endings were a little untidy during the evening but not enough to take away the ever-present elegance of Norwich Baroque in another polished performance by this popular ensemble.

Michael Drake