Secret Gardens not so Secret anymore!

“The Sooke Secret Garden Tour again this year proved to be a major success as a fund raiser for the SPO.  Thank you to all who came and supported this event and again our sincere thanks to all those who contributed their gardens and their time to its success”.

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Music for Midsummer Review

Music for Midsummer

Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra

Elspeth Poole, cello

Norman Nelson, conductor

Alix Goolden Performance Hall
June 26, 2010

By Deryk Barker

Before August 1914, the central feature of every English village green was its maypole. After 1918, it was the war memorial. The rest of Europe was, of course, similarly traumatised.

Although “The Great War” was to cast its shadow over the rest of the twentieth century – reading a history of the events of mid-1914 is a sobering experience, with its litany of all-too-familiar places: Serbia, Bosnia, Sarajevo. However, I can only think of a single great musical work which is clearly a reaction to that cataclysmic event: Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

The first half of Saturday evening’s concert closed with a stunning performance of what is, for me, the greatest of all concertante works for the instrument. Elspeth Poole gave a most eloquent and virtuosic account of the solo part, with immaculate intonation, fine tone and a maturity beyond her relatively tender years. From the dramatic opening gesture to its deeply poignant return at the work’s close she did not put a foot – of rather, a finger – wrong. Continue reading

Midsummer Message from the Maestro

Hi Folks
Well, we saved the best for last and I send you all my warmest thanks for such hard work and dedication sustained over the last 10 months.
It is so heartwarming to be constantly aware of the progress week by week.   I really am very proud of the standard that we have now achieved and which we are more and more taking for granted.
I look forward eagerly to our great times together next season.   Have a rewarding summer
Best wishes  ……. Norman