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2017 String Serenade Review

“Intrigued and excited at the invitation I made the trip to Murwillumbah to experience my first chamber ensemble concert. The performance was entertaining, cheerful and light. The vibrant full sound filled the room taking me on a soulful journey. The diverse repertoire kept me intrigued and entertained. A great experience”

-First time concert go-er, Ryan 13 years old from the Gold Coast

Once again, the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra has shown us that not all fine music-making is confined to the capital cities.

Last Sunday’s concert in Murwillumbah was an artistic success acknowledged by generous applause from an appreciative audience.

Grieg’s  popular Holberg Suite opened the program and it was clear from the first movement this string ensemble was in top form under the baton of Camillio Manricks … clean entries, smooth phrasing, admirable dynamic range and solid intonation.

Less familiar pieces by Betty Beath and Kurt Atterberg displayed the same attention to detail. Fiddle and viola soloists Nigel Bardsley and Iris Doo produced lovely tone and phrasing in the Atterberg.

Bartok’s Romanian Dances, in an arrangement for chamber strings, was played with appropriate gypsy vigour.

The concert finished with Dag Wiren’s Serenade for Strings which, for this reviewer, was the highlight of the afternoon’s offerings … a polished performance indeed!

–  John Harrison

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