The Tony Kinsey Concert
This memorable evening featured two classical works by Tony Kinsey, one of Britain's finest jazz drummers and composers, as well as Dvorak's 'American' String Quartet, performed by the Quartet Pro Musica, consisting of Patrick Halling (violin), Keith Lewis (violin), Richard Cookson (viola) and Myrtle Bruce-Mitford (cello).
It opened with Kinsey's Second String Quartet, in four movements, a work of stature, complexity and vitality, which was followed by his splendid Quintet for Strings and Harmonica, for which the virtuoso harmonica player Philip Achille joined the Quartet Pro Musica.
Both works demonstrated the inventiveness and freshness of Kinsey's musical idiom, which carry great harmonic and textural interest, and avoids the clichés that might otherwise be so tempting when engaging with such an established genre. The Dvorak Quartet was performed with great spirit and style, and the stamina and fortitude of the Quartet Pro Musica was remarkable throughout.