The Arunda Wind Trio presented a very varied programme on February 24, though it had a very definite French connection, with nearly all the composers either French or having lived in the country.
Comprising Sarah Cruikshank, oboe; Jenny Stephenson, clarinet; and Anna-Mary Lynch, bassoon – Arunda are young, enthusiastic, and very good musicians, who often give musical accompaniment to paintings in art galleries.
Ibert’s Cinq Pieces En Trio started the afternoon, and alternated between fast and slow movements, whereas Auric’s Romance was like a lullaby.
Hawick Music Live! had requested Carry on Bach! by the modern composer Paul Arden Taylor – not French. Bach goes to Sea, Bach goes East and Bach goes North. Music all based on well-known songs.
Some Mozart followed, and then a piece based on Carmen, arranged by Karen Evans, with clarinet and oboe taking the tunes and the bassoon running notes underneath. All together making a glorious sound.
Jacques Leclair gave everyone a trip to a small French bakery and described four cakes in music. Impossible – No. The Croissant and the Honeycomb had a grand conversation.
A Polish composer, Tansman also lived in France. He was a friend of Charlie Chaplin and greatly influenced by Stravinsky, as his music showed. Then the audience finished the afternoon with a Japanese composer. Guess? Yes, he, too, lived in France and had composed a Marriage Waltz.
The afternoon, however, wasn’t quite over as an encore was asked for and given. An arrangement of the drinking song from La Traviata sending everyone home with lovely memories of lovely music.