Instrumental reflections in Colyton

PUBLISHED: 10:15 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:51 16 June 2010

Axe Vale Orchestra s popular afternoon series of classical concerts, accompanied by tea and cakes, continues at the Feoffees Town Hall in Colyton, at 3pm on Sunday, February 7.

Axe Vale Orchestra's popular afternoon series of classical concerts, accompanied by tea and cakes, continues at the Feoffees' Town Hall in Colyton, at 3pm on Sunday, February 7.

Imaginative programming combines Mozart's overture to Don Giovanni and Schubert's Third Symphony with a new work by local composer Gordon Langford, and the seldom-heard Concerto for Clarinet and Viola by Max Bruch, with soloists Christopher Gradwell and Alex Ennis.

Max Bruch was 73 when he wrote this double concerto in 1911. By this date, his expressive melodic lines and elegant classical structure must have seemed utterly out of place, compared with then-contemporary music of Debussy, Stravinsky or Bartók. However, Bruch was a master with a distinctive melodic gift and he blends the melodic lines for the two instruments, which perfectly complement each other, with characteristic skill.

Gordon Langford says of his new piece, Reflections for Flute, Cor Anglais and Strings: "Following the recent first public performance of the two original movements, it was rather gratifying to be asked to add a third Reflection. Something with a 'pastoral' feel was suggested, and I was happy to oblige. Most listeners associate the cor anglais (and rightly so) with long cantabile melodies, so it was good to have the opportunity to let this beautiful instrument "enjoy the fun" with the flute."

Tickets, price £8 (£5 for students at the door), are available from Archway Bookshop, Axminster, and Brainwave, Colyton.

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