WYO April 1st Concert Review, Westmorland Gazette


"Youth Orchestra Bring Nordic Flavour to Ulverston"


We were promised a royal welcome to Ulverston's magnificent Coronation Hall and the Westmorland Youth Orchestra did not disappoint on April 1. Their Nordic-flavoured programme combined the energetic ensemble we have come to expect under Roland Fudge's baton with some strong solo performances. 


WYO started with Grieg’s Homage March to the medieval king Sigurd the Crusader, a noble piece with gently blended strings punctuated by well-articulated brass.  This purposeful approach was evident later in two movements from SIbelius' Karelia suite, in his Valse Triste and in Finlandia.


In between, Abigail Howie showed considerable technical prowess in the first movement of Haydn’s Trumpet concerto.  And Alistair Burton showed in Norwegian Johan Svendsen's Romance why his solo violin made him worthy winner of the Jim Noble Award at the 2017 Mary Wakefield Festival.


WYO loves the unusual, and having two tuba players in Jack Mayer and Rosie Toms, treated us to Old Man River. "It was nice to have a tune and be heard!," said Rosie.


Strength in depth was also illustrated by the lyrical counterpoint between clarinet and flute in Delius' Walk to the Paradise Garden, and Eddy Davies' saxophone solo in the Karelia Suite. 


Orchestra members in Jazz from Scratch gave us some entertaining Be-Bop, Hip Hop and Boogie for Welcome Music.


Sarah Davies