New chamber ensemble to perform afternoon concert

Lindow February 2019

A new string ensemble will be performing a free afternoon concert in Wilmslow next month.

The Lindow Ensemble consists of twelve players; four first violins, three second violins, two violas, two cellos and a double bass.

They are directed from the violin by Steven Wilkie, a senior tutor in violin at the Royal Northern College of Music who plays with many leading orchestras, including the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, RLPO, Philharmonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Administrator John Phillips said "Unusually, we perform standing in a semicircle. This formation has two advantages. First, sight lines to the director are excellent, which promotes good ensemble playing. Second, the members find that standing permits greater freedom of movement and enhances musical expression."

He added "The ensemble has another characteristic feature. Its members are a combination of full-time professional musicians, students at the Royal Northern College of Music and good amateur players."

The concert will take place at Wilmslow United Reformed Church on Chapel Lane,starting at 3pm on Sunday, 17th February.

The programme will feature: Mozart: Divertimento in F major K138, Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor (soloist Steven Wilkie), Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Finzi: Romance for String Orchestra and Ireland: Concertino Pastorale.

Admission is free with retiring collection.

Lindow Ensemble, United Reformed Church