Violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti played to an audience of 40,000, bellowing along the words to her rendition of The Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, at the opening of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, admitting she couldn’t hear her own notes. She should get a more studied reception in the Bridgewater Hall during the opening concert of the Manchester Camerata’s 2014/15 Season. The 27-year-old Scottish fiddle phenomenon is performing two Vivaldi works, the Concerto in F, RV 569, and the perennially popular Four Seasons, where she will lead the orchestra, conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy. They are also playing Mozart’s effervescent Symphony No 36, the ‘Linz’. Then in a typical bravura Camerata leap, after silence, ‘experience the stilling and film-like sound world of Silouan’s Song – a breathtaking hymn for string orchestra, performed in near-darkness, and written by the famed Estonian contemporary composer and Camerata favourite, Arvo Pärt’.

Sat 20 Sep, Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, M2 3WS, 7.30pm,, £13 – £36,

Sat 20 Sep
Neil Sowerby
Published on:
Mon 15 Sep 2014