Review: Tickhill Music Society

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Tickhill Parish Church

It is 37 years since Tickhill Music Society was formed and in their first season there was a concert by the Boyce Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Bear. On Friday, September 19, the orchestra was again in Tickhill Parish Church, this time conducted by the ebullient David Allison. Appropriately the concert began with a symphony by William Boyce (1711 - 1799), the fourth of his eight symphonies.

Next came a favourite Elgar composition for strings - the lovely Serenade, Op. 20. It is often said that Elgar’s music breathes the English countryside and many associate the tranquil slow movement with the Malvern Hills area.

The final item in the first half was the six-movement suite by Peter Warlock (whose real name was Philip Heseltine). All the movements are based on Renaissance dances, with the Pavane featuring pizzicato playing.

The second half began with a Concerto Grosso by Handel. This was followed by the tuneful Holberg Suite by Grieg and the concert ended in rousing style with ‘Palladio’ by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.

Under the flamboyant conducting of David Allison, the Boyce Orchestra is a smooth and accomplished music making group. The excellent playing, combined with a programme full of variety and interest, made for a very satisfying evening of music.

A splendid start to another season by Tickhill Music Society.