There are no words to describe Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, but we’ll give it a go: Passionate, majestic, wistful, nostalgic, yearning, haunting, elegant, resplendent.
All those qualities shone through in Gethyn Jones’s performance at the Prescot Festival last night.
The Wirral Symphony Orchestra were on top form, too, with Benjamin Britten’s stormy Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, an epic work requiring such auxilliary instruments as chimes, a harp and a contrabassoon.
Today’s festival programme sees Prescot on Film, an hour of vintage clips of our historic Lancashire town. The screening starts at 11.30am in Prescot Methodist Centre, but arrive early to ensure a good seat.
This evening we welcome Wirral Brass – the Wirral do seem to have the best musical talent around, don’t they? – for Brass & Buffet (7.00pm, Prescot Parish Church). Food is included in the £6 price, and tickets will be available on the door.
In honour of Armed Forces Day, the programme will include such military-themed classics as Ron Goodwin’s Aces High, from the 1969 film Battle of Britain, and John Williams’s Hymn to the Fallen, from Saving Private Ryan.
Photo: Cellist Gethyn Jones, conductor Jonathan Small
& Wirral Symphony Orchestra (James Woodruff)