The second visit by CMA, again featuring their "smaller" ensembles - although that meant everything up to the 30-strong string orchestra. It was a fantastic evening of music-making by these young musicians; but we did struggle a bit to cope with the numbers of both players and audience packing Christ Church out, so apologies to anyone who found it a bit of a squash! The quality of the music-making was consistently high and to pick out individual groups seems wrong... But I can't not give a mention to the piano trio (that's six hands on the one piano) and to the string octet, both of whom won gold medals at the Marlow Music Festival earlier in the week. And how appropriate that the strings played the first movement from Mendelssohn's octet, itself written when the composer was just sixteen. What can one say but "inspirational"!
Pictured below are (in order) the sax ensemble, recorder ensemble, flute ensemble, piano trio, clarinet choir, string orchestra, brass "dectet" (minus two), recorder consort, string octet (2 pics), wind trio and sax choir (2 pics). Sorry not to have any picture of the wind quintet! But well done and big thanks to all the groups and to their wonderful teachers.
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< and the capacity audience!