Earlier this month, the Ardeton Ensemble played a concert at the Town Hall in Chipping Sodbury, Gerry Philp gave the Gazette his review of what was a brilliant show.

The April concert of the Chipping Sodbury Music Society welcomed back once again the local Ardeton Ensemble. Sarah Loveridge, violin, Rachel Clennell, viola, and Dury Loveridge, cello gave a programme covering over 200 years of music for strings.

Schubert’s delightful Trio D471, composed originally for his group of personal friends, provided plenty of light and shade and was both light-hearted and full of happiness.

Beethoven’s String Trio Opus9 No1 written early in his career was a more substantial work. The players were all given ample opportunities to shine, particularly in the soulful adagio and perky finale.

Dohnányi was a major figure in Hungarian musical culture and his Serenade for string trio was very much in the folk music idiom. Technically demanding, with irregular rhythms, the many challenges were met with evident enthusiasm.

The final work, Libertango by Piazzolla, contained well known melodies often encountered in advertisement soundtracks. All were played with great verve and obvious enjoyment.

The enthusiasm of the audience was rewarded by two encores to end a thoroughly enjoyable concert.

The next concert on Tuesday 7th May at 7.30 pm in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall will have everyone tapping their feet (or getting up to dance) to the music of the Carismático Tango Band. Karen Street, accordion, has created her ideal Tango Band to perform this brilliant, emotionally charged music by Astor Piazzolla, Saúl Cosentino and others.

Tickets can be purchased from Cadeaux & Co in Hatherell’s Yard, Chipping Sodbury, or online from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/csmusicsociety.

Seating is open so please contact the Music Society beforehand on 01454 315741 if you have any special requirements or may need assistance.