We emerged from the reading to find the town teeming with passengers from a huge cruise ship moored in the harbour. Had a bust-up with Spanish man who would not share a large table in a very crowded caff. Were saved by two very nice festival-goers who did share – living proof that classical music is a civilising influence. Will try to remember this when next at ROH being mown down in rush to bar by savage bankers and lawyers.
We had time for coffee and a scone before dashing off to the next event, a concert by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra wind soloists.
Mozart Overture, Il Seraglio
Jonathan Dove Figures in the Garden
Handel Two arias for Wind Band HWV 410, 411
Beethoven Octet, Op. 103
Robin Williams Oboe
Rosie Staniforth Oboe
Maximiliano Martin Clarinet
William Stafford Clarinet
Federico Aluffi Bassoon
Alison Green Bassoon
Alec Frank-Gemmill Horn
Harry Johnstone Horn
The Jonathan Dove piece was commissioned by Glyndebourne in 1991. The brief was a wind serenade based on a Mozart opera to be played outdoors before performances. In Jonathan Dove’s own words:
“I had the idea that with all the performances of The Marriage of Figaro that had taken place at Glyndebourne, sounds from the opera had in some way impregnated the garden: snatches of recitative, musical figures, instrumental colours.”
It was a wonderful piece.