A Bang, a Crash and a Flutter

March 29 2015

Chipping Sodbury Music Society recently welcomed an outstanding young Scottish duo, Flercussion, to Chipping Sodbury Town Hall for an unusual and exciting performance.

A Bang, a Crash and a Flutter

Chipping Sodbury Music Society recently welcomed an outstanding young Scottish duo, Flercussion, to Chipping Sodbury Town Hall for an unusual and exciting performance.  
Jo Ashcroft on flute and Calum Huggan on marimba and percussion teamed together in a creative and quirky combination, to bring the repertoire and sound world of their instruments with a bang, a crash and a flutter into the world of chamber music.
The duo, sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust presented a colourfully and varied musical tour with arrangements of both familiar and less known works.  Opening and concluding with attention-grabbing pieces by Piazzolla, the Argentine tango composer, the whole programme was interspersed with short anecdotes from the musicians and Jo introduced her solo, “Danse de la Chevre” by Honeggar, with a delightful love story about the eponymous little goat.  
For his solo, Calum chose “Battercada”, composed by Rachel Gledhill (Principal Percussionist of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House), which allowed him to showcase an array of extended techniques that can be seen being more commonly used in contemporary percussion writing.
The “Waltz Number 2” from Shostakovich’s Suite for Jazz Orchestra was sensuous and melodious, a deliberate response to the oppressive Soviet regime of that time.  If you have ever travelled on one of the well-known cross-channel ferries you would have recognised this tune as their early morning wake-up call!
On the 7th April at 7.30pm Chipping Sodbury plays host to  4 Girls, 4 Harps and represents a rare opportunity to see and hear four of these magnificent instruments being played on stage at the same time.  Keziah Thomas, Harriet Adie, Eleanor Turner and Elizabeth Scorah will be performing a programme entitled ‘A Journey Around the World’ and will include music from Africa, Spain, France and the Middle East by composers such as Handel, Piazzolla, and Ravel.
Tickets are available on the door or to pre book visit http://csmusicsociety.co.uk