A highlight of the Southbank Sinfonia residency is the chamber music recital given by a variety of Southbank Sinfonia ensembles, always to a packed Goodison Hall.
That concert this year opened with Five Dances by Mozart, which was the perfect curtain raiser and performed with polish and sensitivity. The Poulenc Duo that followed was a spicy contrast, but expertly delivered in both rhythmic and rubato control; and Bach Machine by Anderson lightened the mood (Anderson is the current composer in residence with the London Philharmonic Orchestra), even with its more contemporary feel.
The Suite for Wind Quintet by Gunther Schuller showed the full tone and colour of the principal woodwind players of Southbank Sinfonia 2013 to perfection and the concert concluded with Piazzolla’s catchy Four for Tango, giving the strings a chance to shine – and they did! This was a perfect end to the first day of residency and set the scene for the orchestral gala concert, which brings this remarkable event to a close on the eve of half term.