Review: Southbank Sinfonia

With huge excitement the College welcomed back Southbank Sinfonia for its annual residency which this year took place slightly later than in previous years.  

A mixture of side-by-side rehearsals, workshops, one-to-one teaching, and a final gala concert are just a few of the highlights of this special partnership.  To add yet more interest, the Southbank Sinfonia members give a chamber music concert in the Goodison Hall which, as usual, highlighted the considerable talent, energy and expertise of these young professionals.

The programme was a nice eclectic mix of music featuring their excellent wind quintet in two works: firstly by the lesser known composer Julio Medaglia and finishing with Three Sea Shanties by Malcolm Arnold. The playing was spirited, energised and where needs be, charming and was the perfect complement to the more sensitive lyrical performance by the Southbank Sinfonia String Quartet in a performance of Haydn’s ever-green Opus 76, No. 5 quartet.  If we needed any further confirmation of the Southbank’s youthful and vibrant approach to music making this was provided in a selection of music from Saint-Saëns’ Septet for string quartet, double bass, trumpet and piano where the ensemble was joined by our own Head of Keyboard, Clare Toomer in an  astonishing display of facility and virtuosity.

In short, a hugely enjoyable performance which the pupils clearly enjoyed.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

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