I spent the afternoon at Saffron Hall. I was there to see superstar trumpeter Alison Balsom and the London Chamber Orchestra in a programme of Baroque Music.
The programme started with
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8 in G minor
This was the LCO on their own and lovely it was too. They were joined on stage by Balsom for
Tartini Trumpet Concerto in D Major D53
Now refreshingly Balsom spoke to the audience saying her first professional gig had been with the LCO and explaining that the piece had been rearranged for Trumpet and very enjoyable it was. Balsom and the LCO then played
Bach Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major, BWV 1068
Now interestingly Balsom didn't take centre stage but joined the two LCO trumpeters at the back. This pieces second movement is one that was later rearranged as the famed Air on a G String.
After the interval the LCO returned to play
Geminiani Concerto Grosso No.12 in D minor, after Corelli, Op.5 No.12 "La Follia"
Balsom returned for
Albinoni Oboe Concerto in B flat major Op.7 No.3 (arr. for trumpet)
Vivaldi Concerto for Three Violins in F major, RV 551 (arr. for trumpets)
Balsom explained that she had the piece especially arranged for the concert (price a case of wine!). She was joined up front by the LCO's two trumpeters of whom she was incredibly generous in her praise also she never hogged the solos they were nicely shared.
All 3 returned to the back of the Orchestra to finish with
Handel Overture to The Occasional Oratorio
The concert was excellent and the applause very generous and I do hope Balsom and the LCO return soon. Both seemed to be enjoying the concert. Oh and Balsom may be a superstar trumpeter but she came across as a very generous performer.
oh Fence and boiler repaired by 9:30 this morning!