Monday, 22 November 2010

Local 'Cellist plays in UEA Symphony Orchestra at Norwich

In keeping with Jack Moeran's tone poem 'Stalham River' about the Norfolk Fens (see post below), a very exciting musical event this week was the concert by the University of East Anglia Symphony Orchestra at St Andrew's Hall in Norwich on Friday night.  There were two new players to watch out for.
Ellie plays solo 'cello
with the wind ensemble
for Dvořák's Wind Serenade
Post-graduate student from Hong Kong, Daniel Tam, was soloist in 'Haydn's' oboe concerto in C.  His playing was impassioned and incredibly skilled, both in rehearsal and performance.  Afterwards it transpires that his reed had broken just before the rehearsal forcing him to break in a replacement - making his performance and even more remarkable feat.
Ellie stands with Daniel
and leader Ed Cowley
to receive the applause
after Haydn's Oboe Concerto
In the Oboe concerto, the Dvořák wind Serenade which preceded it, and Beethoven's Symphony No 4 in the second half, we saw a familiar face from Devon - Ellie Whidden, who was trained in 'cello by none other than Devon Baroque's violone and viola da gamba player Jan Spencer.  Her grandparents had travelled from Topsham to see her and were not disappointed.  The playing throughout was superb with Ellie prominently positioned at the front of the stage displaying incredible skill.

Conductor Sharon Choa
acknowledges the
rapturous applause
after Beethoven's 4th
Ellie's joyful reunion with her grandparents

Ellie is a medical student at the University of East Anglia.  She plans to undertake placements in Australia and the Cook Islands (!) next year but, in the meantime, she still makes plenty of time for music.

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