PASSION : This latest marvellous concert by the Willoughby Symphony was passionately , energetically conducted by Dr Nicholas Milton was unusual as it began with the encores ( because of the atmosphere of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 which was the second half of the concert).
So to start with , we heard a zippingly breathlessly fast trepak from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at breakneck speed ( impossible to dance to at that tempo – almost impossible to play ! ) hugely enjoyed (and repeated) .
First was Shimmering Blue by this year’s Composer in Residence Nigel Westlake. It was written in 2003 for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s 75th birthday celebrations. It has a glittering pulsating opening , becomes turbulent and swelling , volcanically crashing towards the explosive finish. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY: PASSION – MARVELLOUS!