A jewel in the Sinfonia crown

Bradley Creswick and Northumbria Sinfonietta in support of Alnwick Playhouse.

IT is something to be noted when Bradley Creswick, the prestigious leader of the Northern Sinfonia (Sage, Gateshead), volunteers his artistry in a fund-raising concert for our Playhouse.

Bradley has not only led two first-rate London orchestras in the past, but has been a jewel in the crown of the Northern Sinfonia in recent years.

Joining forces with the Northumbria Sinfonietta and gathered instrumentalists from across the north, Bradley played the violin solo in Vaughan Williams’ much-loved The Lark Ascending, voted Britain’s favourite classical work by Classic FM listeners.

It was a joy to listen to and the orchestra excelled themselves in the warmth of their playing.

Bryan Jackson conducted a popular programme which began with Rossini’s William Tell Overture.

After a nervous beginning, the orchestra grew in confidence, ready for Bradley’s entrance and his participation in the Lark.

After the interval, Bradley delighted the well-filled auditorium with a solo performance of JS Bach’s Preludio from his Partita no.3. Bradley then joined the orchestra, led by Dennis Grieve, sitting in the midst of the first violins and evidently enjoying himself for the remainder of the concert.

Warlock’s Capriol Suite, robust and pretty in its different movements, found the players in fine form, and the concert concluded with two of the most popular of Brahm’s Hungarian Dances, full of passion and played with gusto and a swing.

What can one say? More please?

On Tuesday, April 10, Dennis Grieve and friends in the Brinkburn Quartet introduce and play chamber music by Mozart, from early pieces to the later masterpieces, at St ames Church Centre, Alnwick, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Rev Martin Gillham