RNCM Wind Orchestras
RNCM Concert Hall, 29 November 2013
This concert began with a bang and a clatter and the commotion kept up until it dwindled to a halt at the close.
The orchestra were performing Gavin Higgins’ Der Aufstand. Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments was next, to be followed by Andriessen’s jazzy On Jimmy Yancey, which had a more conventional feel: the piano had its place. In the second half there was the world premiere of Paul Goodey’s Hohler Fels, a work with manifold delicate melodies.
These were all works where wind instruments, and to some extent percussion, predominated.
It was a curious concert on the whole, though an enjoyable one. I’d compare it to the experience of reading a sci-fi or steampunk novel that presents an alternative history of the world: this is how (all) music might have been, had the piano and other string instruments not been invented, or at any rate not dominated so much.