Havant Chamber Orchestra

Ferneham Hall played host to the Havant Chamber Orchestra and solo trumpeter Huw Morgan.

The programme began with an overture by the Spaniard, Arriaga, written when he was just 13.

Whilst not comparable with Mozart's teenage works, it remains an astonishing feat for one so young.

Neilsen's Little Suite for Strings was a stern test with its technical challenges but its essential skittishness was always evident.

Huw Morgan is a rising star of rare quality.

He plays with none of the showmanship loved by some of his ilk, preferring instead to let his playing define him as an extraordinary talent.

Haydn's concerto opened with delicate shading of the virtuoso passages, which were particularly delightful.

His silky, mellow tone was evident in the beautiful phrases of the second movement.

Conductor Peter Craddock chose to interpret the concerto with gentle, rather understated subtlety, which Morgan matched.

Beethoven's 7th symphony finished the programme but the unforgiving nature of Ferneham's difficult acoustic was unhelpful in a rather tired rendition.

We are privileged indeed to have an orchestra of such calibre in our region. Their vision and proud history are remarkable. They richly deserve our support.

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