Mike Allen, Portsmouth News
Beethoven Egmont, Hummel Trumpet Concerto, Mendelssohn Symphony No 3 Scottish
Havant Chamber Orchestra, Ferneham Hall, Fareham, Hampshire
Dare I say it? Well, why not? The Havant Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Scottish symphony was more heart-warming and uplifting than the London Symphony Orchestra’s at Portsmouth Guildhall in March.
The LSO is technically in a different league, of course, but its diamond-hard attack bordered on the soulless. The HCO, conducted by Robin Browning, played with humanity – occasionally fallible but with evident feeling for melody and harmony. Beginning … with a Beethoven overture, the playing was much tighter from the start, with the conductor achieving a fine balance between discipline and expressiveness.
This concert brought the HCO’s season to a compelling, stirring end.