A Northern Welcome

_927055819 January 2014

Returning to my roots today for a concert in the Sowerby Music series. Once again sporting three instruments (including basset horn and basset clarinet) for music by Beethoven, Mozart and Vanhal, I had the perfect opportunity to introduce unfamiliar repertoire (or familiar repertoire in unfamiliar guises in the case of Beethoven’s “Basset Horn” Sonata and Mozart’s “Grand Sonate”) to a large and appreciative audience in the spacious and resonant acoustic of Oswald’s, Sowerby – apparently the largest audience ever in their flourishing Sunday concert series masterminded by the ebullient Graham Merriam. Curious members of the audience used the interval to inspect our instruments at close quarters and one was able to offer a supply of boxwood for an instrument maker of my acquaintance.

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