A Tour of the British Isles
On Friday 6th August I attended a concert given by the Trio Paradis at the Town Hall in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, a change of venue owing to poor weather. The Trio Paradis (piano, violin, cello), is a semi-professional group. Their repertoire is often more serious and substantial; this concert opened their new season. They perform in Frome, Bradford-on-Avon and Midsomer Norton, and often give repeat performances in the three towns. The concert had a good audience of around forty people of various ages. The room was a fairly large one at the top of a Victorian building, with a good, not-too-echoey sound quality which suits the distinct tones and the dynamics of a small ensemble.
This was a wide ranging but well chosen mix of music taking the audience on a journey around Britain. Most of the pieces were either folkish or completely 20th Century in origin – traditional, popular, crossover, and art music. Examples of the works played are Linden Lea (Vaughan Williams); Green Hills of Somerset (Eric Coates), and Here Comes The Sun (George Harrison).
Most popular amongst the pieces were: The Floral Dance, Stormy Weather and Bring Me Sunshine, which really got feet tapping. My favourite was Madeline Dring’s A Bay in Anglesey, a setting of a John Betjeman poem from 1966.
The music was cheerful, well-played, and I felt happy afterwards. I found it very enjoyable. It was a lovely experience and it was also stimulating. Some of the tunes were quite sad when others were jolly. I liked the contrast. I was quite moved after I had left. The violinist was off the note briefly at some point but the rest of the concert was very pleasant.
I have enjoyed concerts before by the Trio Paradis, as I have had lessons from the pianist. I liked this one particularly because of the changes of mood in the music. I possibly preferred the quieter moments, as they were more restful and I could think my own thoughts. I found some of it exciting. I’m looking forward to their next performance.