Wednesday 27 June
Opening Night Concert:
Tasmin Little - Violin Martin Roscoe - Piano
Now in its second year, the St Edmund's festival has stimulated, entertained and inspired. The opening concert given by Tasmin Little (violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano) brought world class music-making to the school theatre.
Before the concert the the Festival sponsors enjoyed a reception with hospitality provided by St Edmund's Leiths students. Then after the concert, guests were invited to meet Tasmin Little at a Champagne Gala Reception in the Festival Marquee.
The St Edmund's Festival 2018 was launched with incredible panache with an opening recital given by international artists Tasmin Little (violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano). The Scherzo in C minor from Brahms' FAE Sonata provided a vibrant start to a beautifully contrasting musical journey. Beethoven's Op.96 Sonata was delivered with elegance and poise whilst Ravel's Piece en forme d'Habanera captured the sense of rhythmic freedom found in this sultry dance.
The Sonata in A major by Cesar Franck was written as a wedding gift for the 31 year old violinist Eugéne Ysaÿe. This performance displayed outstanding technical control from both players. Virtuosity and tenderness were in abundance and this piece proved to be the perfect end to the programme. Two encores were played; firstly, Brahms' Hungarian Dance No.5 with its cheeky, rhythmic swagger and to finish, the elegant Salut D'Amour by Edward Elgar.
It is indeed a rewarding experience both to be emotionally moved and uplifted by playing of this quality. It was clear from the rapport between the two performers that subtle nuances and an innate sense of timing was projected with warmth and an inspiring sense of engagement from the outset.
Review by Spencer Payne