Two Concerts
Kendal, 1 March and Penrith, 21 March 2003

Review by Tracker

It is with great pleasure that I can report on two very successful CSO concerts - a recital by Hugh Davies at Kendal Parish Church on 1 March and a concert in Penrith Parish Church on 21 March, the latter organised on our behalf by Colin Marston and Carolyn Maguire, and the former by Kendal Parish Council and Alan White. Their success was both musical and financial, the CSO having made a modest profit on both concerts.

It was very appropriate that Hugh (a Welshman) should play on St. David's Day and include some items by Welsh composers as well as some Bach and the monumental Jongen's Sonata Eroica with Widor's Toccata as an encore. We all enjoyed Hugh's exciting style of playing with brilliant tempi masterfully controlled within a programme of very wide interest enhanced by the use of both the main organ and the Bevington choir organ. The CSO is also indebted to Hugh and the church for providing the publicity and the welcome post recital refreshments. There was a goodly 80 in the audience and as a result we were able to pay all expenses leaving a small profit of some £40.

The Penrith concert was made up of items by Colin's Penrith Singers, organ pieces played by Colin and items played by young musicians from local schools, thus providing the kind of variety contributing to a very successful concert. I was very impressed by the tone, ensemble and clarity of the Penrith Singers and can recommend others who have not heard them to attend their next concert. Also impressive was the standard of the young players who deserve every support and the CSO should continue to encourage young people to become organists. Colin's playing was greatly appreciated both as soloist and accompanist. As at Kendal, Penrith Parish Church provided the organisation and publicity in conjunction with Carolyn Maguire as CSO committee member. The proceeds after expenses were divided equally between the CSO and the Penrith Singers and performers and the CSO is grateful to Colin for donating his services to the event without charge. The Chairman concluded both concerts with his own idiosyncratic vote of thanks.

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