Brother and sister are in perfect tune

From left, David Hedley (oboe), Kristina Hedley (bassoon) and pianist Ken Irvine, who accompanied each piece performed by the brother and sister duo.
From left, David Hedley (oboe), Kristina Hedley (bassoon) and pianist Ken Irvine, who accompanied each piece performed by the brother and sister duo.

REVIEW

Fourth Winter/Spring Series Lunchtime Concert

A brother and sister combination produced a stunning performance in the latest concert held in St George’s United Reformed Church.

A large audience was thrilled with the playing of David and Kristina Hedley on oboe and bassoon respectively, who performed a variety of classics, mainly from the 19th and 20th Centuries.

The two young musicians hail from Ashington and their careers have followed similar patterns. They both spent several years playing with the Royal Marines Band Service and both are currently studying on undergraduate courses at the Royal College of Music.

It was obvious from the start that they both possess great talent. From the first notes of Cimarosa’s Concerto in C Major, David portrayed beautiful rhythmic movement with superb tonal quality, both plaintive and whimsical, which was a delight to the ear. This was carried through into Saint-Saens’ popular The Swan, from his suite The Carnival of the Animals, which was played with ease and charm, an enchanting rendering.

Kristina’s playing was equally impressive in her performance of two Schumann pieces in distinctly contrasting styles. In both, her playing was masterful, with perfect control of tempo and a bassoon tone, rich, rounded and radiant. The Sonata in E Minor by Teleman, which followed, was equally impressive, with Kristina’s calm control and her ease in quickly adapting to the changing tempos and moods.

David continued with two works, Romance and Humoresque by Neilson and Madeleine Dring’s Italian Dance. Both were played with sublime skill, with every note clear and distinct, with the furious pace of the Tarantella being an outstanding feature.

Kristina continued with Rachmaninov’s Vocalise, a wonderful piece with a fine tune. Her playing was outstanding, with sublime tone and lyrical movement.

The concert was brought to a conclusion with the Introduction and Allegro Spiritoso by Senaille. This famous piece, played with great verve and energy, provided a thrilling finale.

Special mention must be made of Ken Irvine’s contribution. He accompanied every piece and provided a high standard of piano playing, which complemented the two excellent soloists.

The final concert of this series takes place on Wednesday, April 22 when Iona Brown, the Principal First Violin at Royal Northern Sinfonia, Gateshead, will be the guest soloist.

B.C.P.