Thursday, 3 October 2013

Sioned Williams - Series Four

The last Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in Sandbach means just one thing - the Concert.
 These musical treats are enjoyed with great relish, be it the popular Spotlight concert, featuring local young musicians, or the professional musicians' one hour concert after the interval.  

The 4th season opened on Wed 25th Sept with harpist Sioned Williams as principal soloist, preceded by young Spotlight musicians whose expertise clearly reflected their hard work and dedication. What a delight to hear such a variety of music ranging from harp solos to the young tenor singing Schumann, in German! 

As chief harpist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sioned had virtually come straight from the hectic schedule of the Proms, not to mention all her other musical commitments. Covering English music from the 16th - 20th centuries, Sioned's inspirational playing created a joyous evening, enhanced by her explanation of each piece. Particularly poignant was the story of the Welsh valley that was submerged to provide water for a nearby city.  One audience comment after the concert summed up the evening: " It's the first time I've heard music and really understood what it was all about".  Then there was the couple attending their first concert who bought season tickets for the series before the evening's end.

But above all, the sight of Sioned, sitting surrounded by young musicians after the concert, and no doubt quite exhausted, chatting and probably giving them the benefit of her experience, seemed to "say it all"!
Sylvia Scott