Wednesday 23rd April 2008 in the Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School
Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra chose an appropriate format for their concert in Shrewsbury School’s Alington Hall for St George’s Day. Opening with a flourish in Rossini’s Overture “Semiramide”, the programme swung into music from “Henry V” by Walton, which Sir Laurence Olivier billed the most wonderful he had ever heard for a film. Nor could I disagree with such an eminent sentiment.
Moreover, it was made more memorable by the narration of Shakespeare’s stirring encouragement to St George, by the accomplished Richard Goulding.
A classical actor of enormous potential, Richard gave a resounding personal interpretation of the immortal words “For Harry! England and St George!” which was glorious to take in with such a sympathetic musical background.
It was a ringing endorsement of a saint’s day to be remembered with flourish and flair, especially with the finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 in C Minor. The orchestra performed under the baton of John Moore with a good deal of swagger, musical correctness and discipline.
© Gordon Riley (reproduced by kind permission)