** Positive Notes about Selected Concerts **

Season - 2019/2020

(as reviewed by Roger Swann )

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21st Sept 2019 - 19:30 hrs - The English Baroque

St. George's, Bristol

Your reviewer's first visit to this landmark concert venue was a very comfortable experience with well spaced out chairs and a bright acoustic, perfect for the small ensemble on stage.

Much of the orchestral playing felt as if it had been rushed together on one pre-gig afternoon rehearsal. Entries were tentative and ensemble was often poor. Guest soloist Sarah Poole (soprano) at least managed to communicate with the audience but she did seem to have chosen a pair of rather dreary arias.

Eleanor Turner (harp) proved to be the one beacon of sophistication and polish of the evening. She gave the music space to breath and understood the delicacy and precision required to allow Handel's music to come alive.

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15th Sept 2019 - 15:00 hrs - Players of the Isca Ensemble

The Music Room, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon

A string quartet and quintet drawn from the Isca Ensemble provided an enjoyable afternoon's music making in the splendid Music Room at the Sidholme Hotel.

The playing really came alive in Schubert's Quintet in C major, D956. The power and beauty of this piece was communicated to the audience (full house) with great effect, with the rhythmically solid 'cello playing (Tirke Linnemann and Catherine Bradley) providing the necessary secure foundation.

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