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Leader: Beth Spendlove

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Leader/ Director: Beth Spendlove

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A review published in the Beccles and Bungay Journal on Friday 22nd July

Kingfisher Sinfonietta Concert St Michael’s Church

A fine chamber orchestra is a great asset to a region’s musical resources, and it is therefore a considerable compliment
to Beccles that the newly-established Kingfisher Sinfonietta chose the town for its inaugural concert last Sunday. The
name is a new one but the fact that many of the players are seasoned colleagues was evident within the first few bars
of this all-Mozart programme: the sound was warm and well-balanced, the ensemble tight and dynamic control was
confidant and effective. Despite the fullness of tone, the orchestra captured the lightness and courtliness of
Symphony No. 33 beautifully, with special tenderness and delicacy from violins and oboe in the central Andante.

Having established their symphonic credentials so promptly, the Clarinet Concerto saw leader and director Beth Spendlove
prove her musicians’ versatility as accompanists with equal authority. The work was played, as originally intended, on abasset
clarinet; it has a lower register than the more familiar standard clarinet and although soloist Andrew Cory was notan extrovert
performer, he revealed the instrument’s velvety, bubbling lower range and sweet, lyrical upper register with eloquence and
impressive control. The orchestra responded impeccably, matching timbre and mood in the Adagio with exceptional finesse.

The diversity and complexity of material and mood in Mozart’s forty-first and final Symphony, Jupiter, demands a lot of musicians
and it was good to hear the Kingfisher Sinfonietta close the concert with a flourish, clearly relishing the glorious tumultof
the finale’s fugal material. Playing of this quality can’t fail to raise the spirits and it was a bonus to know that it had
been presented to raise funds for a respected Beccles’ cause, The School for Peace in Chamalale, Congo.

Clare Mackney

This concert raised £1,255 for the Beccles Based Charity, The School for Peace
For more information about this charity please visit www.schoolforpeace.org


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