An exacting programme began with the Sibelius's Symphony no 7, dramatic for the sweeping strings in passionate mode, offset by subtle interweavings and fascinating interspersions
from solo wind instruments.
The Ride to the Abyss was truly horrific with overwhelming percussion, evil trombone interspersions
, full-blooded winds and screaming strings.
of works by Britten (one of Joubert's heroes) firmed up the links these two composers have in the great English choral tradition, organist Stuart Nicholson accompanying, and Alexander Mason further contributed organ works by Joubert and the elegant Lennox Berkeley.
Discreet direction from the rostrum crafted confident interspersions
from woodwind, contrasting with brilliant decorations from the cello.