Concert Review – April 2014

The “Theatrical Composers” concert on 12 April 2014 was the first of two concerts to be conducted by our Guest Conductor Clare Deady. Clare moved to the UK from Australia in 2011, and has been working with the band over the last 4 months to  develop the band’s skills and ensemble playing, which she has done with great success.

The concert included a new Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra by Stephen McNeff, which was commissioned by the NCWO, Lambeth Wind Orchestra, and the Dublin Concert Band.

The solo flute part was beautifully performed by Kristine Healy, who performs and mentors regularly with Leeds Youth Opera and has performed throughout the UK and continental Europe.

Stephen McNeff attended the concert and described the piece as a conversation between flute and orchestra, with the soloist and orchestra sharing and developing ideas. In the first movement the flute spins a long tune over the ensemble, which was emotional and expressive. The orchestra allowed the lyrical flute playing to sing through whilst maintaining a rich and gentle tone.

Members of the audience commented on how much they had enjoyed the programme of music which was “well balanced, expertly delivered, and one of the best recent performances by the NCWO”.

The next concert will be on Saturday 28th June 2014 at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, and includes music from Star Wars, and Mars from the The Planets.