On the 15th of February, a group of string and keyboard players from the study tour attended an evening chamber concert held in Wigmore Hall. The repertoire consisted of Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K 563 and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence in D Minor, Op.70 for string sextet. The choice of repertoire was interesting because it gave a good stylistic contrast between the pieces from the two eras, Classical and Romantic.
The acoustic of the hall was amazing for chamber music, especially for strings. It allowed their sound to come through to the very back of the audience seat with great clarity and just the right amount of reverb. The dome-shaped ceiling and the details of painting in the hall were very majestic, yet highly delicate and graceful.
The audience was very impressed with the level of performance and their tight ensemble playing. The first piece began very well, with good musical intentions and sound, however they made frequent mistakes and the energy lacked towards the end. The second half of the concert however, came back with lots of energy and charisma. The audience felt included and loved seeing the performers enjoying themselves as well.
Written by Maria Zhdanovich