Bach For Breakfast
- Henry Northmore
- 6 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Relaxing and refreshing classical to kick start your day
The Royal Over-Seas League has been hosting recitals at the Fringe for 20 years, through a series of daily classical concerts promoting and showcasing young musical talent.
Bach for Breakfast is a mainstay of their repertoire. Each day has a different programme of works from a rotating roster of duos and solos (they also intersperse Bach with Beethoven for Breakfast every other day). This morning's performance featured the considerable talents of dexterous and expressive saxophonist Jonathan Radford (2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Gold medallist and first prize winner) and the fantastically accomplished New Zealand pianist, and ROSL regular, Stephen de Pledge.
Radford and de Pledge play together before each take a solo turn, then regroup as a duo to finish. As the saxophone didn't even exist in the 1700s, these are new arrangements, the sax taking up the oboe's lines of work by both Johann Sebastian and his son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Bach for Breakfast offers an oasis of calm. A relaxing and refreshing way to recharge your batteries and reset before a day on the Fringe.
The Royal Scots Club, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 Aug, 9.30am, £15 (£12).