A sizeable and enthusiastic audience turned up on Thursday 14th June 2018 to listen to Sedbergh Orchestra's summer concert as part of the Sedbergh Music Festival - and a sizzling concert it was, perhaps the best I have been to. After the opener of Rossini's Tancredi Overture, we were treated to the wonderful Mozart Oboe Concerto with the solo oboe part played beautifully by Philip Cull. After a leg stretch and some refreshments a sub-group of the orchestra played two pieces of 'Shed' music for wind quintet by Edward Elgar. The concert was rounded off with Schubert's Symphony No. 6 in C.
Speaking to Philip after the concert, he was full of praise for the orchestra - a delight to play with, so well drilled and well balanced with an especially fine wind section. The audience, orchestra members and Peter Crompton, the conductor, were equally full of praise for the soloist - the beatiful sound of his oboe and how easy he was to play with. Peter was delighted with the performance commenting on how well everyone played and how much they seemed to enjoy playing. Consequently, he had had a lot of fun.
Roll on the next Sedbergh Orchestra concert in November.
Peter Simms, 17/6/2018