Village of Haddenham

A Breathtaking Concert

Home » News » A Breathtaking Concert
Peter Bussereau 02
Symphonia Academica 05

Were you at the concert at St Mary's Church on Friday evening?

If not, you missed a truly stunning concert performed by an accomplished and professional group of musicians known as Symphonia Academica.

The orchestra is comprised of members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and other internationally renowned London orchestras, and right from the very opening chords, the audience knew they were in for a special treat.

It would be fair to say that the parish church has never before been filled with music of such remarkable quality. For many members of the audience, the fulsome sounds brought the hairs up on the back of their neck, such was the overwhelming depth, precision and virtuosity of the performance. Very familiar pieces, but brought into our consciousness in a very new way and with a presence that would rarely be heard outside of such prestigious venues as the Royal Albert Hall.

Even the traditional etiquette of silence between movements was set aside as the audience applauded enthusiastically at each opportunity.

The programme opened with Handel's 'Arrival of the Queen of Sheba' and then continued with 'Spring' from Vivaldi's set of concertos, 'The Four Seasons'. A less familiar piece from Robin Milford, written in the 20th Century, provided a delightful contrast: 'Miniature Concerto in G for strings'. Vivaldi's 'Summer' concluded the first half of the concert

After the interval, the four movements of Mozart's ever-popular 'Eine Kleine Nacht Musik' provided a delightful and captivating transition between Vivaldi's 'Autumn' and 'Winter'.

This memorable concert was organised as a fundraiser by Haddenham St Mary's School PTA, with the kind assistance of professional musician and Haddenham resident Daniel Mullin.

The conductor and Director was David Beaman and the Leader and solo violinist was Peter Bussereau. Other members of the orchestra were: (violins) Robin Brightman, Michael Gray, Daniel Mullin, Ikuko Sunamura and Tim Warburton; (violas) Nigel Goodwin and Helen Goatly; (cellos) Julia Graham and Alexandra Mackenzie; (doublebass) Stacey Ann Miller.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Julie Hill & Charlie Evans
Helen Lewis: Tue 23 Jan 11:30am

Village residents Charlie Evans and Julie Hill have recently been given a long service award in recognition for 20 years as foster careers.Julie's family, her children Nicola and Gareth and I (Helen), would like to tell them how incredibly proud we are of them and how we enjoy being a very small part of this wonderful career.We estimate that they have had in the region of 60-70 babies...

Mummers_Xmas 2016
Haddenham Webteam: Sun 21 Jan 12:00pm

As most residents of village will know, the Haddenham Mummers bring a unique form of entertainment to local village events and pubs during the run-up to Christmas. Their folktale performances can't help but bring a smile to the faces of everyone witnessing the distinctive and quirky form of theatre — if only in disbelief!Most importantly the Haddenham Mummers achieve remarkable levels of...

Dog Walking 03a
Kia Franklin-Shaw: Fri 19 Jan 12:30pm

Kia's dog walking fundraiser for Restless DevelopmentDo you have a four-legged friend? Don't fancy walking them in the cold, gloomy Winter mornings? Are you passionate about giving back? Then look no further...What is 'Restless Development'?Restless Development is a youth-led charity that works in Africa, Asia, UK and USA supporting and educating young people in areas...