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A warm welcome in Fareham

When Tchaikovsky wrote his ‘Souvenir de Florence’ for string sextet in 1890 he took as his inspiration the sights and sounds of Italy – a country he loved to visit – and in particular the city of Florence.However, much of the piece has the distinctive Russian sound we associate with Tchaikovsky and, especially in the string orchestra version, it is a big work, symphonic in scale.
At our recent concert on October 19th, HavantChamber Orchestra found the intimate, warm atmosphere of the United Reformed Church in Fareham to be an ideal setting in which to present this powerful music.We even had a slight concern that the overall effect might be too loud for the audience – and that was with just strings!Whether or not we can introduce a full wind section with horns and trumpets at the URC will need to be assessed.
The other music in this varied programme included an Oboe Concerto by Albinoni, beautifully played by Lucinda Willits.This lighter repertoire certainly worked perfectly in the URC.

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