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October 5, 2018 / basabbott

All Aboard the R34

Review

Peter Creswell’s Music
East Harling Church

This concert was a taster for next year’s R34 airship centenary.
The first double airborne Atlantic crossing (1919) is the subject of All Aboard the R34.
Peter Creswell has composed a sheaf of singable songs to tell the intrepid story.
Take-off from Scotland, the stowaway, Wopsie the cat, the voyage dramas, parachute descent, New York welcome – all feature in the story so far.
Mark Saberton’s commanding tones lent themselves perfectly to Captain Scott, complemented by Selina Hawker’s natural, endearing voice.
The concert had begun with When I was Four, a loving memoir of the composer’s daughter’s young days.
There was also a glowing gem of a Violin Sonata, with Alex Girdlestone; and a suite called Cathedral, with benevolent surges of piano sound from Matthew McCombie.
Rondo for Flute & Piano featured eloquent flute by Philippa Gordon, followed by violin and oboe pieces.
The airship work certainly whetted the appetite for the centenary concert at Diss Corn Hall next July.

Basil Abbott

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