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The Trumpet Shall Sound

Manchester Camerata & Tine Thing Helseth

Albert Hall, 14 December 2014

Tine Thing Helseth.  Photo credit: Paul Mitchell.

Tine Thing Helseth. Photo credit: Paul Mitchell.

As winter afternoon darkened to early evening, the silvery light fading from the frankly rather staid (monochrome, non-figurative) glass windows of Albert Hall, we enjoyed a bumper compendium of baroque concertos and traditional Christmas carols.

The highlights for me were Albinoni’s Trumpet Concerto in B Flat, a work full of lovely melodies that delighted the ear as they teased the mind, and Corelli’s classic Christmas Concerto – the latter just wonderful.  It was wonderful also to hear Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major in all its glory, Nicholas Kraemer conducting a sizable ensemble of musicians and playing the harpsichord while he was at it.  An absorbing experience.

In Tine Thing Helseth, a supremely accomplished trumpeter, Manchester Camerata bought another young musician to the fore, to the delight of this audience.  She joined Manchester Camerata’s musicians for a couple of the concertos and for the carols ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’ and ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’.  At the end, as an encore, she played a splendid, very touching Norwegian Christmas song called, I think, ‘My Heart Is Ever Present’.  You are surprised to learn that just over two hours have passed.

Superlative Sunday.

Forthcoming concerts by Manchester Camerata can be viewed here.