On Wednesday, Gelachter Trio had a great day in Hertford, performing a lunch time recital in All Saints Church's 'Soundbites' concert series. This series gives young performers an opportunity to showcase the best repertoire for their instrument combination. Wind music is so often overshadowed by the huge works of the string quartet an piano trios but we are determined to give it the recognition it deserves! Thanks so much for giving us the chance to do this. A huge thank you to Holly Reardon our guest bassoonist from the Heartwood Trio who performed amazingly!
We arrived with only 15 minutes to spare thanks to typical London traffic but we had such a warm greeting and a delicious lunch was offered to us (before AND after the concert!). It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere to fit with the very warm and appreciative audience. We started with a Mozart Divertimento followed by Gordon Jacob and Cecilia McDowall. We had never performed this combination before but we all agreed afterwards that the pieces really worked well together and showed just what wind instruments are capable of.
The absolute highlight of the performance was Andrew Wilson's stunning introduction to his marvellous work 'A Suite of Sweets' which has become a staple piece in our repertoire. His good humour and fantastic choice of music to fit with different types of chocolate went down a treat with the audience. He has also kindly provided the photo (with him in it!) for this blog courtesy of his wife. You can get a glimpse of just how beautiful the church is too. We finished the recital with his piece and we were told the audience went out with a spring in their step!
It was a great joy to perform an almost entirely British music programme and it has made us realise that there are some wonderful pieces out there, we just have to hunt them down! We hope in the next year to record our first album which will consist entirely of British music, including an exciting new commission by composer Tim Salter.