This was a concert where jazz met classical. Starring Gwilym Simcock on piano and Trish Clowes on saxophone accompanied by the Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Clark Rundell.
I attended this concert not knowing what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. The show had a gentle start with the orchestra playing the ballet ‘La Creation du monde’ or ‘The Creation of the World’, a piece written by Darius Milhaud. This was the first piece of music that successfully fused classical music with jazz.
Only when this piece was finished were the audience introduced to the very talented jazz pianist, the Welshman Gwilym Simcock. He composed the next piece of music ‘Cumbrian Thaw’ which was accompanied by the full orchestra. They improvised with their instruments, playing at the higher end of their scale imitating initially the ice thawing, creating a musical thaw thereby setting the scene for the rest of the performance.
Following this was the first appearance of the night for Trish Clowes playing a piece called ‘Sketch’which although she wrote it in 2009 this was its first public outing. Playing the tenor saxophone Trish was backed by Gwilym on piano, Chris Montague on electric guitar, Calum Gourlay on double bass and Martin France on drums as well as the orchestra.
After the break the orchestra gave a lively rendition of ‘On the Town – Three Dance Episodes’ from Leonard Bernstein. Trish then took to the stage again this time with a soprano saxophone playing her self penned tune Wayne’s Waltz followed by George Gershwin’s Lullaby which was back on the tenor saxophone again.
The final piece of the night was written and played by Gwilym and was called ‘Move’. This three part piece of music lasted for over thirty minutes with each part faster than the previous one.
All in this was a very enjoyable evening by some extremely talented musicians. The orchestra were expertly lead by guest conductor Clark Rundell. The lengthy and rapturous applause was well earned and deserved.