Back in February – for the first time in what seemed like a very long time 30 Moleside members boarded the coach in Cobham for a visit to a classical concert in London. Picked out for us from the Cadogan Hall programme by our club’s concert specialist Roy Edwards this was an evening bound to delight us. The Royal Philhamonic Orchestra under the Spanish conductor Pablo Gonzalez gave us well known favourites Glinka’s Overture from Rusian and Ludmilla and Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony Pathetique but also offered a rare opportunity to hear the Harp Concerto composed in 1938 by Ukrainian Reinold Gliere.
And what was also new to our concert regulars was a delightful pre concert meal arranged by Paul Tiller in the Cote Brasserie less than 5 minutes walk from the concert hall. Judging by the response to our all being able to eat together before the main event, early evening meals look set to become a popular feature of future Moleside concert visits.
The format has proved a big success and has been followed up with concerts in April featuring music from Greig and Sibelius and again in early May with music of Beethoven and Rimsky Korsakov.