I am a little bit embarrassed to admit this, but... last night was the first time I went to a Camerata of St John's concert not in the cathedral. And wow, what a concert!
It was rather long - and even longer because we had an applauding audience. But it wasn't one of those 'sit down and listen to a symphony' concerts. All the works were descriptive but quite varied. We heard the Ravel Quartet in F Major arranged into a Chamber Symphony by Brisbane violinist Gail Aitken; Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Piazzolla, arranged by Desyatnikov; a Cuban jazz pianist (this was the wild card, and I can't actually remember which jazz standard they performed); the world premiere of Impressions of Erin, by another Brisbane violinist (now composer in Hollywood) Cameron Patrick; and Appalachian Spring Suite by Aaron Copland. See what I mean? A huge programme! And all with the guest soloist/leader Dale Barltrop, another Brisbane-born violinist.
I had a fabulous seat in the Conservatorium Theatre: A1. Yep. Even the guy on the door who took my ticket commented I had the premiere seat. I do generally prefer to be a bit further back, but I think because it's such a small group I didn't feel I was just getting first violin sound, and it was so close you could see them breathing.