Classical Music - Westgate Chapel Series

The bassoon is usually an orchestral instrument: it’s very rare to see a bassoon up close and personal in a recital setting, as you can tonight at the Westgate Chapel. It is a very strange animal indeed, a woodwind instrument with the same pitch frame as a cello. It is usually made of maple and is over eight feet in length, though it doubles up to four-foot plus. Its distinctive tone makes it suitable for plaintive lyrical solos (like Ravel’s Bolero) and more comical pieces (like the grandfather theme in Peter and the Wolf). Tonight’s concert features local bassoonist Ian Glen and Canadian pianist Glen Capra, who will perform five very different pieces. Best known is Vernon Elliott’s Ivor the Engine for Bassoon and Piano, which most of you will remember as the music accompanying the 50’s-70’s children’s cartoon about the accident-prone anthropomorphic Welsh steam locomotive. Another well-loved piece on tonight’s schedule is a bassoon version of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata. The card is concluded by lesser-known pieces: Johann Friedrich Fasch’s Sonata, Alexander Mossolov’s Four Pieces and Roman Morishnikov’s Scherzo.

The concert is one of seven this year offered as part of the Westgate Music Series. The chapel, built in 1596, is a wonderfully intimate setting for a concert, seating 80, with fine acoustics born of its high roof and old wood. AL

Yours for a tenor: a rare chance to hear a bassoon recital at
Westgate Chapel
Westgate Chapel, 92a High St, Lewes
When? 7.30pm
How Much? £7 on the door or reserve on 01273 564824
Paul Gregory
(t) 01273 564824
Ivor the Engine music
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