could be better? A sunny day, a 17th century barn and music from the
Festival Concert by Stromenti, which is a Cookham-based group led by
Judy and Roger Deats.They specialise in baroque music played on period instruments.Roger plays viola da gamba and recorder; Judy sings and plays
recorder. They were joined byAlison Bowleron
harpsichord andAlexandra Webb on violin.
Garden Green in this case belonged to Deborah and Robert Behrman who
raise much money for charities through their concerts.
heard the birds twittering in the delightful recorder playing of Judy
and Sue, accompanied by the continuo team of Chris, harpsichord and
Roger, viola da gamba. The mixture of music was very varied – it
included a sonata for oboe and viola da gamba, a cantata and finished
with a stirring Telemann Quadro. On the way, Roger talked us through
the music which included a celebration of Purcell and Handel.
sum up, we had Judy singing Purcell`s fine song“Music
for a while shall all your cares beguile” which it certainly did.