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REVIEW: Bury Friendly Orchestra at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Bury Friendly Orchestra's concert at the Apex on Sunday, March 3 was a memorable one from Bury and East Anglian amateur players.

Their performance was certainly varied and included younger players giving fanfares.

After which followed Spanish, Russian, British, Swedish, and Mexican samples - some challenge when some seemed like variations on original themes.

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

So a brassy waltz could have been based on a Viennese dance hall; then Bizet's Habanera was Latin with slippers on - both delightful.

The next delight was Rimsky- Korsakov's beautiful score of Capriccio Espagnol brought to the stage by all the orchestra's individual sections; short but elegant playing of clarinet; melodious scales from flute; a sonorous demo from the lead violinist accompanied by a side drum (true!) followed by an unexpected and beautiful interjection from harp - in all Latin excitement with thoughtfulness with the orchestra giving appreciation and alertness to their talented colleagues.

After the interval more retuning was required and may I say the conductor Chris Parsons was right to emphasise this.

A little known work from Sweden entitled 'Two Swedish Melodies' had a fullness of Fjords and Scandinavian Soul - the second movement being so smoooooth.

The finale was a fine example of Mexi/Spanish, as the conductor said, to tap one's feet to on the way home.

There is another angle to the homeliness the orchestra bring to the scene is their natural way of setting about their business carting their instruments, waving their smiles to friends quite oblivious to their having no behind-the-scenes back up but when the moment came, the lights changed and they were ready, quiet, and prepared.

There is an understanding that the players, their conductor and the audience all agree on the pleasure they give to each other.

Review by Mike Baynes.