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FRIENDS OF WESTBURY CHURCH

VIOLINS&

VERSES


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.On Saturday 16th April, a substantial audience sat entranced, listening to a programme of Music and Verse provided by Alexandra and Charlotte Reid on violins, with verses read by Angela Barlow.

The audience came expecting a musical treat, for Alexandra and Charlotte have been or are members of the National Youth Orchestra, both having been appointed leader during their time with this orchestra.

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Angela is of course well known as a member of the village community and also because of her work in television and theatre. 

The programme was as varied as it was delightful, carrying us on a musical journey from the early 18th century Canon Sonata no 2 of Telemann to 20th century Jazz Duets and exposing us to the work of well known and less well known composers.  It is difficult to single out any one work as being particularly rewarding as everything was so worthy of our attention and delight, but I especially enjoyed the arrangements for two violins by Bill Thorpe of a contrasting series of folk songs.  These sometimes haunting melodies gave such ample scope for displaying the superb rapport that was apparent between the two players. 

Angela’s readings provided an ideal link between the musical offerings providing a subtle blend of humour and reflection which put us in an appropriate mood for the music that was to follow.

It was apparent from remarks overheard during the refreshments served by the Friends of Westbury Church who had sponsored the evening that the enjoyment was universal.  Many mentioned the excellent ensemble that was so apparent in the playing, no doubt fostered by the evident enjoyment displayed by Angela and Charlotte as they played together and which they communicated so well to their audience.  Let us hope that this will not be the last time we are able to enjoy such an evening in our church.      
                                                        Malcolm Mogford                         


CD OF THE CONCERT NOW AVAILABLE FOR ONLY £6.00

The concert was recorded by Gary Amos, who has now produced a professional quality CD of the entire event.  If you would like a souvenir of this memorable evening, or missed the concert and would like to hear it, please place your orders and money with Jo Atkinson (870600) before 30 June.

 
The CD is priced at £6.00 a copy, and, thanks to the generosity of Gary Amos, any profits are being donated to the Friends of Westbury Church.


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