News and Reviews 2019

News and Reviews 2019

Triumph at St. John’s

SATURDAY 30th MARCH 2019 

ST JOHN’S CHURCH BIRKDALE

Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture
Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) in Eb major Op.73
Soloist: Tom Kimmance
Borodin – Symphony No.2 in B minor

Southport Orchestra March Concert 2019

In March Southport Orchestra began their 2019 season of concerts with a performance at St John’s Church in Birkdale, Southport. As in previous years a large audience was in attendance and they were first treated to a rousing performance of the Roman Carnival Overture Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz. Whilst relatively short this overture is nonetheless challenging to play yet the orchestra made it a fabulous start to the evening.

This created the cue for the evening’s guest soloist to take the stand in the form of the outstanding pianist Tom Kimmance. In fact Tom is a great friend of the orchestra having featured in many of their performances over recent years. The orchestra accompanied him in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’ in Eb major Op. 73. From the minute the orchestra hit the first Eb chord and Tom started his flourishing arpeggio the whole audience knew this was going to be good and the resultant standing ovation at the conclusion was well deserved!

After the interval the orchestra re-formed to present Alexander Borodin’s Symphony No. 2 in B minor. Set in four movements this is without doubt a hard symphony, most particularly for an amateur orchestra. It is full of solo and soli passages, time changes, mood changes, sections of light and shade, not to mention tricky notes and key signatures. Despite this the orchestra rose to the challenge producing what can only be described as an amazing performance.

Rehearsals are already under way in preparation for the orchestra’s summer concert to be held at the Floral Hall, Southport Promenade, on Sunday 14th July. Entitled “Proms on the Prom” this event will commence at 2-30 pm and is aimed primarily at a family audience. Guest soloist will be vocalist Louise Dickenson and the concert will once again feature the Woodlands School Choir from Formby. The afternoon will include classics such as Carmen, Skyfall, Finlandia, Bring Him Home and Pomp and Circumstance No.1. Tickets will be on sale nearer the date.

“Thanks for a great Southport Orchestra concert last night.”

At the end “I just had to stand up and applaud.”

“The Southport Orchestra’s excellent interpretation of the 3 B’s really was the bees knees, under the direction of Jeff Rimmer plus the talents of Tom Kimmance. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.”

“Southport Orchestra were just brilliant under the superbly talented conductor Jeff Rimmer. What a fantastic performance by solo pianist Tom Kimmance also !” 

“We  very much enjoyed the concert. The Beethoven was especially thrilling. Congratulations.”