Concert archive

SG Wealth Management Gala Concert - The Four Seasons - Sat 10th Sept

The flying fingers of Adrian Chandler (director of La Serenissima) and the passionate cello playing of Kate Bennett-Wadsworth captivated a full cathedral for an evening of Vivaldi. One member of the audience commented that she was "on the edge of her seat throughout".. well, had we been sitting, that is exactly where we would have been too...! exciting times :-)
Adrian Chandler - Violin
Kate Bennett-Wadsworth - Cello

Concerto for strings RV114
Concerto per la solennita di S. Lorenzo RV 286
Concerto for Cello RV 401
Concerto for 4 violins Op3 no10 - soloists: Adrian Chandler, Rachel Stroud, John Crockatt, Jim O'Toole

Norwich Baroque – Norwich Cathedral

A concert of music by Vivaldi, especially if it includes a performance of the Four Seasons, is almost guaranteed a good audience.
Yet to fill the Cathedral, as Norwich Baroque did on Saturday evening is surely a mark of how much this ensemble has become an integral part of the City’s vibrant musical culture in the 10 years since its formation

The soloist/director of the Four Seasons was Adrian Chandler who shared that role with Norwich Baroque’s Jim O’Toole in the 4 varied concertos which comprised the first half.

The Concerto for strings RV114 received a fresh and lively performance under O’Toole. The sound warm, though the detail sometimes lost in the Cathedrals vast space.

A new member of the ensemble, Kate Bennett Wadsworth, was the excellent soloist in the beautiful if sombre Cello concerto in C minor.

there was also splendid playing from Adrian Chandler in the violin concerto RV286.

But the most exciting performance was the concerto for 4 violins, Op3 no10 with very fine playing from the 4 soloists, Adrian Chandler, Rachel Stroud, John Crockatt and Jim O’Toole.

The wonderfully imaginative writing of the Four Seasons lends itself to a wide variety of interpretations, and Chandler’s was certainly not a routine performance. Tempi were generally very fast with Chandler’s virtuosity stunning, matched by the excellent orchestral playing. The whole was a triumph of creative imagination, if sometimes a little excessive, though i don’t suppose Vivaldi would have disapproved.

Frank Cliff.