Lunchtime Concert – February 2018

Dave Cook ( violin), Liz Sansom (violin), Liz Knight (viola), Helen Senior (cello)

The Changing Spaces team and the St Andrew’s PCC arranged this experimental concert to find out whether a series of lunchtime classical concerts, along the lines of the Axminster lunchtime concerts, would be welcomed within Charmouth.

The first concert was performed on 27th February at St Andrew’s church in Charmouth by a string quartet comprising: Dave Cook (from Swanage), violin/recorder; Liz Sansom (from Charmouth), violin; Liz Knight (from Poole), viola; and Helen Senior (from Poole), cello.

The programme comprised:

  • Corelli – ‘Concerto Grosso’ op.6 no.8
  • Loeillet – Movement from Recorder sonata in A minor
  • Haydn – 2 movements from string quartet op.76 no.3
  • Elgar – ‘Chanson de Matin’
  • Bernstein – ‘One hand, one heart’

On what, at the time of writing, was the coldest day of the winter, an audience of 67 appreciated the way the acoustics of St Andrew’s complemented the music in a unique way. They also appreciated the hot drinks and refreshments provided by Mary and Malcolm McNair – many thanks.

The feedback received after the concert was very encouraging and strongly suggested that this was the type of event which should be repeated.

Thanks are due to the PCC, the Changing Spaces team, the musicians and all those who formed the audience. We all hope that this concert will prove to have been the first of many others to be held in the future.

Roger Sansom

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