71st Season of Public Concerts   2017- 2018


Bude Music Society

President : Allan Schiller



Sunday 19th November 2017                                                 

                    Philip Attard - Saxophone & Christine Zerafa - piano



BUDE MUSIC SOCIETY welcomed two brilliant, young musicians, Philip Attard (Saxophone) and Christine Zerafa (Piano), for its concert in the Minstrels Music Centre on Sunday 19th November, writes David Robinson. Playing to a packed hall, both professional musicians demonstrated their outstanding talent right from the opening bars of

the Saint-Saens Oboe Sonata (played on Soprano Sax), with long expressive phrases, fluent articulation, really exciting dynamics with wonderful tone in the quiet passages,  marvellous ensemble and balance; characteristics which were evident throughout their demanding programme.

Then the Bozza Aria, with its many points of detail, was followed by the Decruck Sonata, a major work for both Alto Sax and the piano, which reaffirmed the control and refined dynamics, with extraordinary technical feats from Philip matched by a wide range of colours in the piano accompaniment. Demersseman’s ‘Carnaval de Venise’ gave a thrilling end to the first part of the recital with many changes of mood, and virtuoso playing.


The second half opened in real 'Spanish spirit' with an arrangement of de Falla's Espanolas songs, and how wonderful they sounded on the Sax with such a fine 'orchestral' piano accompaniment. The Yoshimatsu 'Fuzzy Bird' Sonata, composed in 1991, was reassuringly tonal in design, and improvisatory in performance. There were several 'special effects’ (some more intriguing than others!) but the two performers rose to the challenge with real confidence and insight. How lucky to have heard these exciting performers 'in person' and we wish them every success as they embark on what is surely going to be an exciting career. The Society is grateful to the Tillett Trust for supporting such talented young musicians and this


David Robinson