We are a string orchestra of about 25
players, based in Bridport, Dorset, in a beautiful region of the south coast of
England and normally perform three concerts each year.
Our players come from a wide
area of West Dorset, East Devon and Somerset, mostly within 25 miles of Bridport
orchestra was formed in the autumn of 1975 by the conductor Bruce Critchinson.
There are still one or two founder members playing with the orchestra,
originally the New Elizabethan Players, now known as the Bridport Chamber
have a broad repertoire embracing many composers from baroque to
3pm Sunday 25th November
The United Church, Bridport
Summer 2018 Concert Review
AN ORCHESTRAL BIRTHDAY PARTY IN ALLINGTON
On July 15th we were treated to a wonderful concert by the Bridport
Chamber Orchestra in honour of Alan Williams’ 75 birthday (Alan is a
leading Patron of the orchestra). Augmented by French horns and
oboes, the able conducting of Arturo Serna and disciplined orchestral
playing did full justice to a programme of familiar delights.
IN J C Bach’s Sinfonia there was pace, contrast and dynamics but above
all a togetherness in the performance which gave the music excitement
and impact. I particularly enjoyed the slow movement in which a
dreamy violin melody wafted above pizzicato accompaniment from the
Arturo Serna was both soloist and conductor in Haydn’s second cello
concert – no mean feat of logistics given the cramped space available
at St Swithuns. This was a bravura piece, full of double
stopping, fast arpeggios and above all long passages in the extreme
upper range of the cello. Arturo tackled all this with great aplomb and
the orchestra, as usual, supported him sensitively.
The final offering was Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp, one of the
best loved works in the musical canon. Marta Gonçalves and Kirsty
Whatley as soloists deliberately took the first two movements at a
steady pace; this meant their rapport and the flawless clarity of their
playing were exceptional, especially during the dialogue of the opening
movement. In the final rondo Arturo upped the tempo, and soloists
and orchestra romped home to round off a memorable afternoon.
Happy birthday, Alan – keep the music coming!