‘It was a truly memorable concert’ – this is how Cheltenham composer Colin Decio has described the magnificent Cheltenham Town Hall concert in his honour on Saturday night.
The capacity audience heard the première of his Piano Concerto No 1 superbly performed by soloist Mark Tanner with the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra and Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra combining forces under Glyn Oxley’s baton.
A second world première was also performed by fellow Cheltenham composer Vic Carnall, whose concert trust put on the Grand Gala Charity event. Soloist John Stillman played Vic’s Cheltone Rhapsody.
With local composers still to the fore, the second half saw Gustav Holst’s The Planet Suite given a rousing reception by the audience – with an exceptional performance in Neptune from members of the Cheltenham Bach Choir conducted by Tim Morris.
Generous concert-goers gave a total of £1,685 to the retiring collection which is being split between the Gloucester Academy of Music’s bursary fund to make music accessible to all and Murray’s Muscles – a charity supporting those with muscular dystrophy.