Cromer Music Evenings


Review by Terry Keeler
Templewood, Northrepps 22nd February 2015

Cromer Music Evenings in presenting its 21st concert season have again invited young musicians to perform at Templewood, wherein they will gain experience and confidence playing to a live audience which is especially valuable if their aim is to become professional musicians.

The first to perform was guitarist, Danny Murphy, playing four pieces with admirable confidence and technique - of the four pieces, Capricho Arabe, was his best performance, playing the original version confirmed the potential the 16 year old artist has, so much so that recently he has been accepted into the National Youth Ensemble.

Fifteen year old Sam Aldersey-Williams, base baritone, sang Silent Noon by Vaughan Williams. Here this young man’s vocal quality will mature as his age advances with the right coaching.

Soprano, Katie Thompson 17, was joined by Aldersey-Williams singing Plaisir D’Amor by Martini - a pleasing performance which required a more sensitive piano accompaniment.

Seventeen year old pianist, George Jefford, played Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2 by Chopin performed at a safe tempo ensuring accuracy in note spellings.

Flautist Megan Storer, also 17, played three pieces with obvious confidence and expertise and masterly control of the instrument, especially in Ian Clarke’s The Great Train Race, introducing multi-phonetics and muffled resonance capturing the effects of a steam train - superb!

George Jefford, this time playing trumpet, gave a really intense rendering of Rogers & Hart My Funny Valentine managing some very competent improvisatory ideas to this "evergreen" and producing a sound with a "jazz feel" - a Miles Davis touch, really impressive.

Soprano, Katie Thompson sang four songs by Thiman, Cornelius, Gluck and Sondheim. Again this charming voice was somewhat overwhelmed in places by the piano accompaniment.

Two piano solos played by Aldersey-Williams being Sonatine in three movements by Ravel and I Got Rhythm by Gerswhin - two choices of programme imposing his innate ability regarding the interpretations of both impressionism and jazz idioms.

Jimmy Jefford (clarinet) and George Jefford (piano) played Malcom Arnold’s Sonatine in three movements - Allegro, Andantino and Furioso. A truly exciting performance from these two brothers, whose joint artistry was the highlight of this inspiring concert.

Congratulations to the teachers, parents and to Ro Curtis who brought these young musicians to Templewood, culminating into a concert of a high standard which delighted yet another capacity audience. Arthur Windridge in closing, thanked all those who took part and presented each of the young people with a gift in appreciation of their achievements.

Terry Keeler
Tel 01263 513273