David Roberts played his clarinet at the first Third Thursday concert of 2019.
Despite the wintry weather and David’s self confessed nerves, an appreciative audience was given a varied concert that showcased David’s skills as a clarinet player. He opened with the well known theme from ‘The Godfather and it became apparent that he certainly did not need to be nervous. Aided by the church’s fine acoustics, the clear tone delighted the audience of adults and schoolchildren.
As the concert progressed, David explained his love of and passion for music, something that he maintains with regular busking trips to Europe. He also told us how he had begun playing the clarinet when he was 21, praising the Royal Military School of Music for its influence on his expertise.
The pieces he chose to play for us included ‘Stranger on the Shore’, ‘O My Beloved Father’, ‘How Great Thou Art’, ‘If I Were A Rich Man’, Saint-Saens’ ‘The Swan’, ‘Don’t Cry for me, Argentina’ and ‘Amazing Grace’. This concert presented a variety of melodies that showed David’s skill as well as providing an opportunity to learn about his own musical journey through life.
The school children who attended the concert made the following comments afterwards:
"I really enjoyed it"
"Such a nice sound"
"I’m glad I came"
"So many notes to play!"
Thanks go to Jean and Sandra for serving the delicious refreshments and to Lesley for arranging the concert.
Words by Andrea Hearne, photos by Richard Hearne