On Tuesday November 3rd, a large crowd
gathered in the Silk Hall to witness the annual ‘Guitars Unlimited’ concert. We
were graced with pieces not just including electric and acoustic guitars, but also
from keyboard, violin, drum and bass players as well. It was obvious that all
the pieces were rehearsed well and in turn proved to be exquisite performances.
The first performance was by William Cox,
Maximo Lopez, Tom Warner, George Seagrave; playing Allegro (Sonata in G minor)
by Sammartini. It proved to be a very strong opening act, with the performers
looking confident throughout and playing in perfect harmony.
Next up was Usman Ladan, with ‘I Spy’ by
Colin Downs. A simple but beautifully executed piece, which highlighted how
simplicity can be very powerful in music. Finishing his solo piece, he then
paired up with Tom Warner to perform Amoroso – andantino (Duet in C major) by
William Cox made another appearance with
the piece ‘Soledad’ by Stephan Oser. This took a very skilled guitarist to pull
off, and Will definitely did justice to this classic.
The well-known piece ‘Cycles in the Avenue’
was performed next by Ivo Holbech: a very well-rehearsed piece, showing
confidence and very impressive pace.
The violinists Ignacio Urzaiz and Alex
Alder accompanied Ivo Holbech in the Andante sostenuto – tempo di menuetto
(Terzetto) by Paganini. The connection between the violinists and guitarist was
very impressive and contributed to a very well-rounded performance.
‘Secret Place’, performed by Jude Dobby was
next, which was an impressive display of individual talent, playing along to a
recording with an electric guitar.
‘Zephyr Song’ was next up, performed by Ned
Rees, Johnny Dewhurst, George Parsons and Mr P Owen. The individual solos
between Ned, Johnny and George were nothing short of spectacular, cannoning
from side-to-side taking turns to captivate the audience.
Following that spectacular performance was
the equally impressive Tom Rogers-Coltman, playing his own composition ‘Loops’,
a devised piece that layered his live playing to form a harmony.
The well-known classic, ‘Baker Street’ was the
finale piece and provided the biggest ensemble yet, including Ben Fisher on
bass guitar and Jamie Codrington on the electric guitar, Artie Diamandis on
vocals, Harri Guy on saxophone, Ethan Clarke on keyboard and AJAW on the
electric bass. It was a very professional performance and rounded off the
Review by Al Baker, D Social, 6.1
Pictured: Jude Dobby (above), playing ‘Secret Place’; Ned Rees and George Parsons, playing ‘Zephyr Song’ (main Picture); Artie Diamandis, Harri Guy, Ethan Clarke and Jamie Codrington, performing Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’ (below).
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