"...dazzlingly good chamber ensemble…
exuberantly expressive, intimate style…
gorgeously idiomatic playing’
The Times
Susan Allison, Cockermouth Music Society
Every instrument had a chance to shine and shine they did.

Cockermouth Music Society 9.12.2008

Cockermouth Music Society's new idea for this season was to have a piano and wind quintet concert for December, duly performed by the Fibonacci Sequence with pianist Kathron Sturrock and four accomplished wind players.

Given the quality of the musicians and the music, this could not fail to be a memorable night, starting with one of Mozart's finest compositions, the Piano and Wind Quintet in E flat, beautifully played and reflecting all the composer's refined perfection.

Ibert's Cinq Pieces for oboe (Christopher O' Neal) clarinet (Julian Farrell) and bassoon (Richard Skinner) followed, attractive music performed with sparkling vivacity and then horn player Nicholas Korth had his solo moment of glory with two pieces for horn and piano, Saint-Saens' Romance displaying the horn's special sonorous cantabile and Alan Abbott's Alla Caccia, a great evocation of the hunt.

Kathron Sturrock played Ryosuke Karaki's ?What I saw in the Water?, a shimmering piece with clever pedalling to give the effect of water in various aspects and the concert finished with Beethoven's Quintet Opus 16, played with superb yet controlled excitement, showing off all the composer's brilliance in slow and fast music alike. Every instrument had a chance to shine and shine they did. This is an amazing piece, originally arranged in two versions by the composer, one for strings( a piano quartet) and the one we heard this time for wind (a piano quintet)- each version sounding completely different but equally compelling.

Susan Allison