REVIEW: Tickhill Music Society’s concert, St. Mary’s Primary School, Tickhill

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A piano recital is always a popular choice at Tickhill Music Society and so their November concert attracted a bumper audience. They were not disappointed. The multi-talented James Sherlock treated us to entertaining and informative introductions to all the music but also engagingly mingled with audience members during the interval and at the end of the concert. And what a concert!

From the fluent and flowing Chopin Barcarolle at the start to the monumental, patriotic Polonaise Fantasy by the same composer at the end there was a wealth of wonderful piano playing on display.

The fourth of Mozart’s six early sonatas began with a lovely adagio and the idea of song permeated many other pieces that followed. Schumann’s Romance, a love letter in music to his beloved new wife, was followed by Widmung a florid transcription by Liszt of the original song, the torrent of embellishments unable to mask the yearning and tender melody. The first half ended triumphantly with Bach’s organ-like Chaconne elaborately arranged by Busoni.

The second half, slightly changed from the printed programme, was all French music: impressionistic pieces by Ravel and Debussy, Poulenc’s tuneful and not particularly sad Mélancolie and a soulful Nocturne by Fauré.

All these varied items were played with hugely impressive piano technique and sensitive interpretation, much to the delight and satisfaction of an appreciative audience.

The incredibly high standard of music making in Tickhill continues.