Messiaen Late

  • 21 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Famed as the place to spot new talent in theatre and comedy, the Fringe is not generally associated with up-and-coming international classical music stars. Yet, the chamber music series put on by the Royal Over-Seas League using their own annual music competition prize-winners, is one that is far from being in the shadow of what can be heard at the Queen’s Hall. Breakfast with Bach, Schumann with Shortbread and Mozart with Muffins might sound too gimmicky to be seriously good, but artists like the Sacconi String Quartet and Scottish born pianist Martin Cousin (he was hand double on the Oscar winning film Shine for Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 3) are extraordinarily high class acts. Closing the series is Messiaen’s deeply moving Quartet for the End of Time played by Scotland’s newish Ensemble na Mara and 23 year-old Australian clarinettist Timothy Orpen. And the baking’s not at all bad too. (Carol Main)

Royal Over-Seas League, 225 1501, 25 Aug, 10.30pm, £10 (£8).

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