Concert Review - Nicola Benedetti/Andrew Motion and European Concert Orchestra

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A Concert review of Nicola Benedetti and the European Union Chamber Orchestra

Concert Review - Nicola Benedetii

Concert Review – Nicola Benedetti/Andrew Motion/ European Union Chamber Orchestra – Lichfield Cathedral – July 8th 2010

The 29th Lichfield Festival had a strong opening concert with performances from the Violinist Nicola Benedetti, former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, performing works by Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky.

The settingof Lichfield Cathedral was a suitable backdrop for the concert in which Nicola Benedetti injected life and passion into the familiar Four Seasons, Vivaldi’s best known piece. The former BBC young musician of the year had strong support from the European Union Chamber Orchestra. The fast arpeggio patterns of ‘La Primavera’ (Spring) and L’ Estate (Summer) were particularly well played, as were the more plaintive and elegiac sections of ‘L’Inverno’ (Winter).

The specially commissioned poems from Andrew Motion added to the themes of time and seasons. The four non-rhyming Sonnets that he wrote were well received, although I am not sure how they would stand up on their own.

The second half of the concert saw the European Union Chamber Orchestra performing by themselves, and for this Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir De Florence Op 70 was a good choice. The slow movements of the strings allowed for the themes deep within to be revealed, whilst the well rehearsed ensemble thoroughly deserved the applause they received at the end.


Andrew Motion, Nicola Benedetti, Poetry, The European Chamber Orchestra, The Four Seasons, Violin, Vivaldi

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