We had waited since March for this concert cancelled by weather. Along with the sunshine’s promise of summer approaching, it was a real joy to welcome Bryan Dargie (violin), Margaret Preston (flute), Rachel Mackison (viola) and Alison MacDonald (cello). This varied programme for string and flute, carefully and thoughtfully chosen, was a delight and greatly appreciated by the Aden audience. The concert overall ably demonstrated the skills of these accomplished musicians. The performance of the Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major was truly inspirational.
photographs by Charlie Scott
It is such a joy to hear the fine tuned Aberdeen Sinfonietta Players communicate so easily with audience and each other both verbally and musically on stage. To have Geoffrey Bridge play Oboe was an outstanding event for Music at Aden on 6th May. With reference to his time with Léon Goossens and to Haddo Concert memories, Geoffrey brought along, among other pieces, the work of Rutland Boughton, the 20th Century composer for Oboe. A delightful performance of Whence, never before performed in Scotland, was a particular pleasure for an already appreciative audience.
It felt like a day of real Spring as the musicians and audience arrived at Aden for the first concert of the season following the March cancellation – a palpable sense of eager anticipation and renewed enthusiasm pervaded. This joyous saxophone quartet in the extraordinarily capable hands of internationally renowned Richard Ingham playing Baritone Saxophone with Maggie Duffus (Soprano Saxophone), Kirsten Beveridge (Alto Saxophone) and Jack Smith (Tenor Saxophone) held a spell bound audience throughout. From romantic song to witty piece, with a highlight performance of Premier Quatuor Opus 53, Jean- Baptiste Singelèe, this group ably demonstrated the huge versatility and the depth of sheer pleasure of their musical instruments. Richard’s informative introduction to musical pieces is a feature greatly enjoyed by Aden audiences. “Excellent” was the corporate response from audience members.
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