Richard Studt and The Sinfonietta
Type: Concert
Date: Thursday 18 June 2009


Raphael Wallfisch Cello

Mozart Symphony No 33 in Bb
Haydn Cello Concerto in C
Rossini Une larme, Thème et Variations
Elgar Serenade
Schubert Symphony No 5 in Bb


Judging by the attentiveness of the audience and the length of the applause at the end, the opening concert on the Thursday was a resounding success. The Sinfonietta directed by Richard Studt, much loved by Festival audiences from their previous five appearances, once again gave a hugely impressive display of chamber orchestra playing at its very best.

Mozart Symphony No 33 set the standard for the evening with a full-bodied sound, beautiful phrasing, good balance between the strings and wind and lively tempo choices particularly in the spirited finale. They were joined by international cellist Raphael Wallfisch for the performance of Haydn’s long lost Cello Concerto in C discovered in the National Museum in Prague in 1961. From the very opening bars of the first movement the rapport and dialogue between soloist and orchestra was apparent and a joy to watch. Following an impressive cadenza in the first movement and beautifully rich and sonorous tone in the slow movement, Raphael left the audience gasping at the technical brilliance of his playing in the final movement.

The second half of the concert opened with Raphael and the string players of The Sinfonietta performing a short work by Rossini Une larme,Theme et Variation, the youthful and playful spirit of the piece well brought out and belying the fact it was composed by Rossini in his late 60’s. Edward Elgar Serenade for Strings has been a staple and much loved piece in the repertoire of the orchestra over the years and before playing it on this occasion Richard Studt took the opportunity to dedicate it to the memory of former Bournemouth Sinfonietta players who had recently passed away. It was a strong, emotional account with some fine individual playing. The concert finished with an exhilarating performance of Schubert Symphony No 5, one of the composer’s most engaging and popular early works. As if the orchestra had not expended enough energy, for an encore they played the lively last movement of Mozart Symphony No 32 in G minor to round off a memorable evening of live music.

Enid Hayles

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.