Here are some of the fabulous reviews of our past concerts
23rd April 2017
The Concert at the Kings Church at Amersham on 24th April was amazing. The performance took place after a long day of rehearsals in the various groups that I play in. The players in every section were given very challenging music. It was an amazing experience to play such complex and original versions of the music. Add News Story here
I watched Saturday evening’s concert in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Masonic School, not as a music critic nor someone with any real knowledge of the technical skills of singing or musicianship, but rather wishing to be caught up in the sounds and emotions of the pieces and the interplay of the individual contributions of the singers, the orchestra, the soloists and the conductor.
The first concert of the popular series of Winter Concert for the Amersham Festival of Music took place on Friday 11th November. The attractive programme drew a large audience and it was pleasing to see so many new audience members including a good number of young people.
The programme began with Mozart’s Symphony no. 33. This more delicate work is scored for strings, oboes, horns and bassoons.
The Darius Brubeck Quartet concert was one of this years ‘Amersham Festival of Music’ events, and what an event it was.
With a capacity audience it started off with wine and cold supper before the concert began. Darius Brubeck - pianist, composer and Professor of Jazz Studies – is a consummate artist and, like his father – Dave Brubeck – before him, a cultured pianist playing with great style and has total knowledge of the score.
It is that time of year again which means another glorious programme of music and events under the ‘Amersham Festival of Music’ umbrella, and what a marvellous programme it is.
Those of you who did not have a ticket for this truly wonderful evening of music missed the warm and sensuous playing of Leland Chen, the celebrated violinist whose career really took off when he won first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin competition.
The 3rd concert of the Winter season held on Friday 8th January, St Mary’s Parish Church, Amersham promised to be an evening filled with wonderful music.
Opening with Handel’s ‘Silete Venti’ for Soprano and Orchestra, the soloist – Emily Forrest was in fine voice and gave a most beautiful rendition of this work – her voice filling the church to its rafters – what a wonderful start to the evening.
The 2nd concert of The Amersham Festival of Music, held at the Amersham Free Church Friday 4th December, with the Amersham Chamber Orchestra, their leader Charlotte Edwards and conductor Iain Ledingham, promised to be a night of glorious music - we were not disappointed. It really is a pleasure to attend these concerts everyone is so welcoming when you arrive, Iain Ledingham and members of the orchestra arriving at the same time and nodding at you in recognition. What a privilege to be in such a wonderful environment with these talented musicians who obviously enjoy every minute of performing for us with their charismatic and inspirational conductor.
This year’s festival has been a big success, with all with 9 varied musical events being well attended and 3 events being completely sold out.
What a privilege it was to have Paul Lewis performing with our own Festival Orchestra under the baton of Iain Ledingham. It was a superb concert with Paul’s inspiring performance of Schumann’s Piano concerto and the excitement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.
The last of the Autumn/Winter Series of concerts with the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra (Leader: Charlotte Edwards) and their charismatic conductor Iain Ledingham was held Friday 6th February, at St. Mary’s Church, Amersham.
These wonderful concerts always seem to fall on nights when the weather is absolutely awful, the concert last Friday 9th was no exception, in fact we nearly got blown away just trying to get to the venue for an evening of Italian Baroque Music, and regardless of the weather it was a full house.
The second concert of the 2014/15 Amersham Festival of Music was held in St. James’ Church, Gerrards Cross with a programme of Mozart and Haydn. The programme started with W.A. Mozart’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major’. Iain Ledingham led the orchestra from the piano for this work.
The concert of music for strings, with a horn soloist and a young tenor was, as is usual for these concerts, excellently performed. Iain Ledingham had programmed two of Benjamin Britten’s best known orchestral pieces for string orchestra, sandwiched between two suites for strings
It was once again a very very cold, windy and wet night as we made our way to St. Mary’s Church, Old Amersham, for the 3rd in the Autumn and Winter Concerts of the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra, under their charismatic Conductor Iain Ledingham.
The Amersham Festival held one of its winter series concerts at St James’ Church in Gerrards Cross on Friday, instead of the usual setting which is St Mary’s in Old Amersham. St James proved to be a lovely venue for the concert. It is a beautiful Church with amazing facilities and a really good acoustic for such a concert. The only problem was the lack of adequate parking space for the packed audience.
What with the high winds and lashing rain it was a pleasure to look forward to attending the opening concert of the Autumn – Winter season of the Amersham Festival Chamber Orchestra, last Friday 1st November, at St. Mary’s Parish Church in Old Amersham. This church – which dates back to the middle ages - was a lovely venue for what was, once again, a very fine performance from the orchestra, and of course their conductor Iain Ledingham.