Great Hastings Philharmonic concert - Battleaxe gets up close and personal...
An absolutely great night last night at St Mary in the Castle with the Hastings Philharmonic - The Elgar Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Symphony 5. The Elgar is one of Battleaxe’s favourite pieces ever, and I had been looking forward to the concert for months. I loved every second of it.
|Richard Lester and Marcio da Silva|
A friend asked me last night why on earth we wanted to sit so close - the sound would be unbalanced etc., but I really don’t care. I’ve spent a lifetime sitting in concert halls where it is like looking at the orchestra through the wrong end of a telescope, and the music is an elegant, distant blur... The sheer volume of the music at St Mary’s, the sharpness of the sound, and the immersive excitement of almost being embedded with the musicians is exhilarating, and just simply great fun. Last night we were sitting in the very front row, between the first violin and Marcio da Silva, the conductor, and immediately in front of Richard Lester, the cello soloist - he could easily have touched us with his bow.
|Just about close enough....|
Last night Richard Lester played the Elgar really well - and I was anticipating every note, all eyes and ears. I literally felt quite faint and almost weepy with the emotion of it. It was wonderful. As Philosopher said, I don’t suppose I’ll get to experience the like again.... it was like having your own personal performance.
After the interval, the Tchaikovsky was great - and fantastic fun as well. That symphony consists of a series of well-known emotion-stirring tunes played extremely loudly and with much brio - totally ideal when you are practically sharing a chair with the first violin.... our ears were ringing....
|Sharing a chair with the first violin....|
Battleaxe totally recommends those St Mary's concerts - even if you don’t habitually go to classical music gigs, believe me, it is far better than yer average rock band.... Last night was well attended but there was still plenty of space on the upper tiers.....
|Marcio da Silva|