Boccherini lights up Tornaveen

A select but privileged audience of locals and intrepid visitors from as far away as Tarland were treated to a fine evening’s entertainment at Tornaveen’s ‘First Friday’ concert earlier this month. Introduced by Geoff Cormack as “la crème de la crème of Aberdeenshire musicians”, the Aberdeen Sinfonietta Quintet was on stage, and fully justified that particular sobriquet.

The Quintet, comprising two violins (Bryan Dargie, Jean Fletcher), viola (Julian Marx) and two cellos (Gareth John, Alison MacDonald), interspersed pieces for the full ensemble with duets for contrasting combinations of instruments.

The first half concluded with Luigi Rodolpho Boccherini’s famous minuet from the string quintet in E, familiar from “The Ladykillers”. Another full three movement quintet ended the programme, and, as Boccherini habitually took the first cello part and wrote all the best tunes for himself, Gareth was afforded the opportunity to display his abilities on the instrument to the full.