Classic Rhythm

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society

19th November 2012 Classic Rhythm, the extraordinary trio for flute, piano and percussion have a unique blend of quality musicianship, beautiful arrangements and engaging humour. Well known classical favourites and an exceptionally wide variety of other pieces are the distinctive sound of Classic Rhythm.

Sponsored by Mr Vic Middleton

Helen O’Connellflute, piccolo, recorders Adrian Sutcliffepiano, keyboards Chris Brannickpercussion

Classic Rhythm

Classic Rhythm, the extraordinary trio for flute, piano and percussion

Classic Rhythm is a unique and exciting chamber group with a difference. Formed in 1992, this trio for flute, keyboards and percussion has met with astonishing success, playing to sell-out audiences all over the UK as well as broadcasting on Classic FM and BBC Radio.
Classic Rhythm has appeared at well over 200 festivals, music societies and other arts venues, encompassing literally every region of the UK. Recent engagements have included return visits to Scotland and Ireland, appearances at major venues such as London’s South Bank and, by popular request, a series of concerts in The Midlands for the third year running.
Skilful arrangements of well-known classical favourites, set alongside an exceptionally wide variety of other pieces, have quickly established the group’s popular appeal. The range of music, from original compositions to jazz and light arrangements, is complemented by the warm informality of the group on stage.
Audiences are always fascinated by the vast array of instruments, some familiar, some not! From marimba to tam-tam, from piccolo to cabasa, they are brilliantly woven into a sparkling evening’s entertainment.

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  1. Classic Rhythm 19/11/2012.
    This week we were treated to a truly exciting musical experience with Classic Rhythm. This is a chamber group with a difference. Helen O’Connell played flute, piccolo and recorder, Adrian Sutcliffe was the painist and arranger and Chris Brannick, the miracle man, with his percussion and xylophones. It was an enchanting evening of classical moments – the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and the William Tell Overture played as never before with Chris Brannick dashing from instrument to instrument to the delight and amazement of the audience. They also played excerps from the Nutcracker Suite, Porgy and Bess and West Side Story.

    Adrian played the Adagio from the Pathetique Sonata on the piano and Chris played a xylophone solo On the Track in a style reminiscent of the legendary Teddy Brown. The large audience was totally enthusiastic and cheered until the group performed yet another encore.

    Audrey Owens

  2. Right from the very first note played, it was quite apparent that this was to be a musical feast-`food a plenty` provided to suit all tastes. The musical trio were:- at the pianoforte/keyboard –Adrian Sutcliffe, his able accompaniment and sympathetic melodic flow (assisted by our own Sonia who turned the pages of music at the appropriate time!) complimented by Helen O`Connell on the flute and piccolo and, as flamboyant as ever with his cheeky and endearing way, Chris Brannick on percussion. It is some years since this talented group played for the society-it was well worth the wait for their return.

    I have an idea that when Chris(percussion)was a little lad, he suffered from hyperactivity-his exasperated mum eventually took him to the doctor who told her, after a thorough examination and much `tutting and sighing`,- ”get `im a set of drums – quick and put them both in the shed at the bottom of the garden!” Was that the start of his long love affair with all manner of percussion instruments? That early (imaginary)event would have resulted in another ` drumming themselves ragged` but it didn’t dampen his enthusiasm at all nor diminished his sheer vitality as he literally jumped about on stage tonight like someone with `ants in his pants`, competently playing the large array of musical instruments he had brought along for our entertainment(on the finale-songs from `West Side Story` we were informed that he would be playing ALL of them at some time during the selection!) The music encompassed all genres-from Tchaikovsky to jazz –each piece given due respect for the emotions it was to impart to us-fine artistes with a definite penchant for musical correctness with a little light heartedness.

    The energetic xylophone solo brought to mind the days when Teddy Brown thrilled us with his dexterity.

    Another evening that is truly reflective of the talents we all enjoy on Monday nights at the Princes theatre under the auspices of the vatious sponsers and Clacton Arts and Lits society.

    Jennifer Kersey

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