Maybe it’s a national fascination with the weather, but British composers have always had a way with wind instruments. When he wrote his Wind Quintet, Gustav Holst seemed to pull melodies out of the air of the English countryside; Arthur Bliss – a survivor of the trenches – finds dark emotions when a clarinet joins forces with a string quartet. Malcolm Arnold, on the other hand, simply puts five wind players together and throws a party!
The RNS’s own players take centre stage in a riot of colour and emotion and rediscover an exuberant mini-masterpiece by the suffragette composer Ethel Smyth.
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