‘Bach to Tango 2’ festival finale

Knaresborough pro Musica
Knaresborough pro Musica

Knaresborough pro Musica is on starters orders to round off this year’s Knaresborough Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts.

Billed as Bach to Tango 2 Knaresborough’s festival orchestra will be the final major concert during the second week of the festival.

Thrilling it’s loyal audience last year influenced it’s programme this year. With this strong link to J S Bach, through to the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, the orchestra will play pretty well all new content.

Knaresborough pro Musica has a uniqueness to it’s performances. It plays without the traditional conductor at the helm. This places the onus onto each of the fourteen or so string players. This concentrates the mind of each player-listening,watching and feeling the pulse of the music.

Gemma Bass from the renowned Manchester Camerata, who recently appeared at the Harrogate Festival,will guest direct the region’s leading chamber orchestra. She will also be the soloist in Bach’s violin concerto in A minor. One of Bach’s most popular pieces.

The remainder of the programme follows a chronological sequence with Mozart, his Divertimento K 138, one of three delightful pieces for string orchestra. Romanian Dances, by the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, leading to “ Mr Tango” himself Astor Piazzolla.

At last years festival a large part of the audience would experience this master of tango’s music for the first time.

It is accessible and although contains complicated rhythms it is easy to listen to and is immensely enjoyable.

His Oblivion, with a fine ‘cello solo, and Milonga will be played along side perhaps his most famous piece Libertango, increasingly being used in TV advertising and constantly played on the classic radio stations.

Knaresborough pro Musica occupies a unique slot in the festival programme. Add to this the wonderful medieval splendour of the 12th centuary St John’s church and the always enjoyable drinks interval overlooking the river makes a fitting ending for FEVA.

The event takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday August 18, in St John’s church, Church Lane Knaresborough.

Tickets, £12, concessions £10, students £5, are available from Castlegate Books Market Square Knaresborough, 01423 862222 or on the door.