Updated: May 31, 2021
It felt dangerously like a normal week. Put on concert, welcome audience, listen to concert, clap, go home. But it was so much more. So let's relive it, because I am afraid that it will be some time before we open again.
On Tuesday Jess Dandy gave us a beautifully judged programme of song to 16th century texts. For me the surprise packet was the Horowitz Macbeth Scena which packed a huge dramatic punch.
On Wednesday Perth's Alasdair Beatson was joined by Maria Wlosczowska and Philip Higham on a performance of Fauré's late piano trio so exquisite it brought tears to the eyes.
Thursday saw Jess Gillam (and the new culture minister). The concert ended with a quite superb performance of three movements from Astor Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango.
In conclusion on Friday Colin Currie brought an entire stagefull of percussion to partner with Huw Watkins in a brilliant programme culminating in one of Watkins's own compositions written for Currie.
Throughout it was a joy to hear Radio 3 referring to our 'wonderful' concert hall and to see it being put to its proper use again.
Feel free to enjoy the concerts again, or for the first time if you couldn't get tickets for the 4 sold out shows!
Jess Dandy and Malcolm Martineau
Alasdair Beatson and Friends
Jess Gillam and Zeynep Oszuca
Colin Currie and Huw Watkins