This special concert in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice was dedicated to violist Lynne Cockerill who died of cancer last year – Lynne was a founder member of the Solent Symphony Orchestra.
Performed in the magnificent hall of the Royal Marines Museum, the concert began with two pieces by Bach. The third Brandenburg Concerto with its unique combination of three violins, violas and cellos was given with appropriate panache, and then it was the famous Double Concerto for two violins, expertly played by Kirstie Robertson and Angela Blackwell.
After the interval, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks concerto provided a welcome contrast. It is not an easy piece to bring off, and although there were occasional moments of uncertainty, the orchestra did very well.
The final piece was Mozart’s wonderful late symphony in E-flat. Conductor Steve Tanner judged the tempos well, and there were lots of nice touches. The clarinets gave a memorable account of the trio, and the bubbling finale brought the concert to a fine end.