Manchester Camerata 50th Anniversary at Stoller Featuring Jess Gillam
Shiva Feshareki Venus/ZOREH
Glazunov Concerto in E flat major Op 109
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op. 110a
Daniel Kidane Be Still
Max Richter On the Nature of Daylight
Caroline Shaw Entr’acte
David Heath The Celtic
Part of a programme of events to celebrate the wonderful Manchester Camerata 50th Anniversary, Fridays concert featured a guest appearance by their Artistic Partner, Jess Gillam who has recently been awarded an MBE for her services to music.
There was a great sense of anticipation and excitement for this concert, well attended by both regular concert goers and Chethams students, which made for a lovely excited atmosphere.
The programme was a combination of older classical pieces and some recently written works, one of which was Daniel Kidane’s Be Still, commissioned by Camerata in 2020, reflecting the enforced stillness of the global pandemic.
The modern pieces were most atmospheric and unusual, one by Max Richter On The Nature of Daylight was incredibly familiar and turned out to have been used extensively in movies and TV programmes, including The Trip and Handmaid’s Tale.
The more traditional pieces were divine, the Glazunov concerto, in which Jess played without sheet music for 14 minutes.
This was both playful and full of charm.
The Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op. 110a was gorgeously done.
And then the final piece David Heath’s The Celtic was uplifting and captivating. The ideal end to a wonderful evening.
Manchester Camerata clearly thoroughly enjoyed themselves through this performance and we both felt a great privilege to have been there on the night.
Many thanks to FOH and Box Office staff, always a pleasure to attend events at Stoller Hall.
Christine Ince for Canal St Online.
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Published: 13-Mar-2022 (6574)