Sir Colin Davis Conducts7th February 2006
The highlight of a concert in the Cathedral, in aid of the Edred Wright Music School, was a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. The soloist was Andrew Marriner, a former pupil and now principal clarinet with the London Symphony Orchestra. The School Chamber Orchestra was conducted by Sir Colin Davis. Both Andrew and Sir Colin are Patrons of the New Music School.
The rest of the concert included a selection of choral and wind works, mostly by Mozart, in honour of the 250th anniversary of his birth. The overture to Cosi fan Tutte opened the programme. The Crypt Choir then sang Parry's Songs of Farewell, and a wind group returned to Mozart with the Serenade in E Flat. The Laudate Dominum, with soloist Emma Lewis, the Ave Verum Corpus, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, and Elgar's Lux Aeterna ended the first part of the concert.
In the morning, Andrew Marriner gave a clarinet master class in the Synagogue. In the afternoon, the Chamber Orchestra rehearsed the concerto. It was a memorable experience for all concerned.