Jewish music proved a big hit

Tickhill Music Society October 2022 concert by the London Klezmer Quartet

Review by ADRIAN HATTRELL

It is ten years since Tickhill Music Society last welcomed a klezmer band to one of its concerts. Judging by the applause which greeted the London Klezmer Quartet at its appearance at Tickhill, they have been sorely missed.

Klezmer, for the uninitiated, is a form of traditional music of the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe.

The line-up of the LKQ consists of clarinet, fiddle, accordion and double bass (which is both plucked and bowed).

For the Tickhill audience the band went through its repertoire of dance tunes, songs and improvisations, contrasting love songs, dances, laments and drinking songs, and drawing inspiration from all parts of Europe, from Ukraine to Latvia and points in between.

The humour was of a wry nature, including a sardonic tribute to the humble potato, the staple diet of the poor peasant. The audience were encouraged to join in with foot-stamping and singing refrains in Yiddish.

It was an evening which not only entertained in spades, but now and again gave a gentle reminder of the hardship suffered by Jews over the ages.

Plenty of sax appeal

Tickhill Music Society concert by saxophonist Amy Green

Review by ADRIAN HATTRELL

THE saxophone can be a Marmite instrument – you love it or hate it – but at Tickhill Music Society’s recent [November 2022] concert the audience, from teenagers to octogenarians, were all enthusiasts.

Putting it through its paces was the talented Amy Green, who came with a programme chosen to demonstrate the versatility of the saxophone – from an adaptation of a concerto written by a contemporary of Vivaldi, to a piece specially written for Amy which employed techniques which would have astonished Adolph Sax (who invented the instrument in the 1840s).

Amy was accompanied by the pianist Christine Zerafa, who not only rose to the challenge of playing contemporary music but also treated the audience to two piano solos by Debussy and Szymanowski.

This was an occasion when the audience was handsomely rewarded for keeping an open mind by hearing music-making of the highest quality.