Review: Allanton evening proves to be a real classic

An evening of classical music enchanted a capacity audience at Allanton village hall’s celebration of midsummer.

The programme was opened and closed by the wonderful Edrom Blinkbonnie Ensemble led by Lucy Cowan.

The ensemble comprises music teachers and pupils alike, spanning a wide age range but as one in their superb performance.

The hushed audience was treated first to a Bach concerto for 2 violins in D minor performed by Frances Orde, (1st violin) and Alex Prentice (2nd violin)

This was followed by a movement from a Mozart quartet movingly played by four of the Blinkbonnie teachers, and thirdly Handel’s ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’ was delivered with impeccable majesty featuring solo violinists Ross Hume and Madeline Cawthorn.

Local residents displayed an amazing fund of virtuosity, and the Edrom Blinkbonnie Ensemble was followed by a truly exquisite rendering of aTelelmann sonata by Helena Richards (bassoon) and John Ward. (piano)

The audience was further charmed by Liz and Martin Marroni’s sonata by Barbella on mandolin and flute.

A Mozart sonata performed by John Ward, this time playing violin, and Richard Murrell playing piano brought the first half of the programme to an end.

After supper Mark Mawby played a truly beautiful 
lullaby by Barrios, Helena Richards played ‘Partita,’ 5 short movements by Gordon Jacob alternating between lively and pensive in style, and Liz Marroni and Mark Mawby gave us ragtime – this time both playing mandolin.

The Edrom Blinkbonnie Ensemble concluded the evenings programme with a rousing Vivaldi concerto led by young Ross Hume as soloist, which delighted the audience as much as the arrival of the long overdue warm summer weather did.