CONCERT REVIEW: Frampton stirs to the sound of orchestral larks flying

LARKS ASCENDING: Nigel Morley conducts the Boston Sinfonia.  Photo by Andrew Malkin.
LARKS ASCENDING: Nigel Morley conducts the Boston Sinfonia. Photo by Andrew Malkin.

Boston Sinfonia - Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and Schubert, St Mary’s Church, Frampton

Just five minutes from endless flow of traffic on the A16 through Kirton, an audience inside St Mary’s Church, Frampton, escaped to a world of theatre, nature and tragedy on Saturday night.

Boston Sinfonia, conducted by Lincolnshire’s very own Nigel Morley, handled a programme of Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” and Schubert’s Symphony No 4 “Tragic” with all the dexterity and tranquility such classics deserved.

Saturday’s now annual visit by The Stump’s home orchestra, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last June, to Frampton opened with Mendelssohn’s 1826 composition for Shakespeare’s enduring comedy.

With hints of Mahler’s Symphony No 5, Mendelssohn’s tranquil, serene piece flowed perfectly into Vaughan Williams’ offering to the horrors brought by the outbreak of World War I.

“The Lark Ascending” allowed violinist Anne Dales to take centre stage with a mesmeric solo, perfectly accompanied by the strings, woodwind and percussion.

It set the stage for the grandeur and majesty of Schubert’s “Tragic” Symphony, a fitting end to a fabulous Frampton night out.

Review by Winston Brown