Last Saturday night, Romsey Abbey was filled with sword fighting, cowboys on horseback, and a full-scale hoedown.

Fortunately, no damage was done, because the invaders were from the imagination of Prokofiev, Tchaikowsky, Ginastera and Copeland, four composers of terrific ballet music. This was realised magnificently by the massed ranks of the Charity Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Craig Lawton. 

Among many highlights were lovely cameos by harp and tuba, while the timpani section rose brilliantly to the challenge of the complex Argentinian rhythms in 'Dances from Estancia'. 

The strings were very well drilled, providing the essential foundation of a formidable, all-round performance. The players gave their time and talents freely,  to the benefit of the chosen charity, which is Jane Scarth House of Romsey.

Lindley Owen

Wyndham Drive


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