Mendelssohn at Teatime

The Royal Over-Seas League is fast establishing itself as the venue for classical music concerts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Over their programme they have a selection of superb musicians performing classic and contemporary work and telling from their upcoming schedule, they will continue to do so for the rest of the festival. With Mendelssohn at Teatime they demonstrate the prowess of the esteemed musicians they have selected with another rousing but intimate concert.

In this performance, the Cavaleri Quartet and The Busch Ensemble performed the work of the famed Romantic composer with the same passion and enthusiasm one would expect at a considerably larger concert, making for a wonderful afternoon of stunning music. So invigorating were their performances that a number of people in the audience felt inclined to give a standing ovation once the concert had finished.

One issue of contention with the series remains: the unavoidable flaw in the venue’s acoustics. The sound bounces around the bare room causing a number of agitating reverberations throughout the performances. However, this is only a minor irritation and not one that should discourage anyone from purchasing a ticket for the Royal Over-Seas League’s fast-selling and impressive programme.

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Music by Mendelssohn and other romantic composers performed by award-winning musicians including The Busch Ensemble, Cavaleri, Castalian and Brodowski String Quartets, and Estrella Piano Quartet. Tea/coffee and delicious shortbread included afterwards. www.roslarts.org.uk.

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