Concert: report: 15th September 2007 St Mary's Long Sutton(September 17, 2007)
Saturday 15th September 2007
St Mary's Church, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire
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Equinox at Long Sutton
(Photos Angela Reeve)
James Crockford with the bass sax, pictured here with Fr Jonathan Sibley of St Mary's
St Mary's is a Grade 1 listed 11th Century church which has the tallest, oldest wooden spire in Europe. The concert raised funds towards the £200,000 needed to restore the original timber roof.
With a mixture of classical, contemporary and jazz repertoire Equinox introduced the audience to some of the possibilities offered by a sax ensemble. Highlights of the programme included the first performance of 'Closure', a new piece by Keiron Anderson, evoking the conflicting emotions of a former miner contemplating the changing landscape of industrial south Yorkshire, and an arrangement by Alistair Parnell of Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, particularly apt for this Lincolnshire venue.
The concert was also a chance for Equinox to give a send off to one of its founder members. Bass and tenor player James Crockford is leaving the group and the concert not only featured two of his arrangements ('Of Spain' by Colin Cowles, and 'Oblivion' by Astor Piazzola) but also a blistering performance of his 'Flight of the Bumblebass', based on Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee.