I’m just back from four days with the Grampian Youth Orchestra.
Three days of intensive sectional and tutti rehearsals in the leafy surroundings of Aberdeen University, then a fantastic concert in the Music Hall in Aberdeen city centre, one of the finest concert halls in the country.
Dvorak – Slavonic Dances number 1, 2 and 8
Bruch – Violin Concerto (with Jessica Coleman as soloist)
Tchaikovsky – Symphony number 4
… just a fabulous performance … (Bruch)
The performance was lively and full of zest. I was impressed by the way in which changes of pace were smoothly handled and the large orchestra poured out Dvořák’s delicious melodies and exciting rhythms with admirable generosity.