Havant Symphony Orchestra

The Bridge Tavern and Camber Dock''''Picture: Paul Simpso

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The final concert of the Havant orchestras' Ferneham Hall season was all about discoveries.

The first of them was Matthieu van Bellen, a young Dutchman who was a replacement soloist in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and gave a performance as deeply musical as it was brilliant.

Then, for those who had not previously heard Kalinnikov's rarely-played First Symphony, it must have proved a delightful addition to the Russian romantic repertoire. Of course it lacks the profundity of Tchaikovsky, but its tunefulness, interesting structure and rhythmic and harmonic invention make it worth a place in the repertoire.

Saturday's performance mostly captured these qualities well, but the quick movements seemed a touch relentless, lacking light and shade in the phrasing, under Peter Craddock's direction.

But no such worries arose in the concerto, where the soloist was paired with the HSO's highly talented young conducting bursary holder, Samuel Draper, and the orchestra was in prime form.

All seemed very much at one, allowing the first movement to build steadily and lyrically but revelling in the finale's fireworks. Best of all, the soloist produced the most lovely, veiled tone in the andante.

The programme began charmingly with Elgar's Wand of Youth Suite No 1.