Sense of fun brought an evening of perfection to a close

Europa Ensemble
Europa Ensemble

REVIEW: Alnwick Music Society concert, Wednesday, March 25, Alnwick Playhouse.

Two years ago the Europa Ensemble, pictured left, came to the Alnwick Music Society concerts series, and delighted us, not only with their fine and sensitive playing, but with their verve and sense of fun.

This year’s presentation was well up to expectations, although we noticed more older members in the group, and the sense of fun was kept largely to the end.

An excellent turnout, filling the Playhouse, the ensemble offered us concertos by Vivaldi (little known), Hummel (for trumpet), and for Bach (for violin in A minor BWV 1041) in the first half; and in the second a Mozart Divertimento (K138), a Borodin Nocturne (from his 2 String Quartet), and Holst’s lively St Paul’s Suite. All this played to perfection.

The trumpeter, Cyril Gussaroff, gave us a virtuosic encore, and the whole band then delivered what began as Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, but veered off to visit Beatles, Viennese waltzes, and even Beethoven’s 5th Symphony on the way.

Let’s hope we can have the ensemble again in another season soon.

The next concert, in the Castle Guest Hall, is on April 28, at 7.30pm, with pianist John Lill.