40th Anniversary Gala Concert
This article was posted on 23 Oct 2016.
The CASS 40th Anniversary Reed Day on 30th October will be packed full of clarinet and saxophone recitals by reknowned players from the UK and abroad. However, at the end of the day at 6.30, all delegated will assemble in the Music Hall for the evening Gala Concert.
The concert starts with Italian clarinettist Antonio Fraioli backed by an all-star clarinet quartet playing My Funny Paola (surely this must be some kind of hommage or satire on My Funny Valentine?) all will be revealed on 30th October. This will be followed by BBC Young Musician concerto finalist Jess Gillam playing the Itturalde Pequena Czardas, which she played so brilliantly on television en-route to the concerto final.
Richard Ingham, past Chairman, and now CASS President will bring a Scottish flavour to the event's proceedings with his 14 piece ensemble The St Kilda Collective. They will be playing Fenella’s Jig and Dancing in the Margin.
CASS has held two competitions in the build up to the 40th Anniversary Single Reed Day, The saxophone composition competition prize winner Lily Vadaneaux will have her piece Nocturne for saxophone and piano performed by Rob Buckland and Fiacha Garvey. During the day, the finals of the Young Clarinet Player Competition will be taking place, and the winner will be announced during the evening Gala Concert.
Nancy Braithwaite from The Netherlands wil be performing Bartok Contrasts alongside Amarins Wierdsma (violin) and Fiachra Garvey (piano).
The day will be brought to a close by the British Clarinet Ensemble who will accompany our two concerto soloists. Rob Buckland (CASS Vice President) who will play the Concerto for soprano saxophone by Paul Harvey. David Campbell who until last year was the CASS Chairman, will close the Gala Concert with a performance of the Weber Concertino.
Full program details for the Gala Concert can be downloaded here.