Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

Shrewsbury Orchestral Society

Review - Wednesday 17th June 2009 in Shrewsbury Abbey

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra shuffled the set for a good hand to entertain a discerning audience in Shrewsbury Abbey Church on Wednesday night, choosing three grand composers and one seldom heard for the purpose.

Admittedly I was a bit nonplussed by Bryan Kelly’s overture Shrewsbury Festival which the Orchestra commissioned for its centenary, but there could be no confusion about Respighi’s mindset for his Suite “Gli Uccalli” (“The Birds”) with several feathered friends brought elegantly to life.

Beethoven’s Symphony No 4 in B flat, regarded by some as rather strait-laced, was an interesting finale, but for me the highlight of the evening was Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, especially the solo work of the local lad done good, Greg McEwan, whose silvery mastery soared to the rafters of an honourable building where the acoustics can vary dramatically.

Conductor John Moore and leader Paul Bramwell skilfully brought this orchestra another firm step along its recent revival an whets the appetite for many more good performances to come.

© Gordon Riley (reproduced by kind permission)