I was amazed to see lined up behind my desk, like some rare alignment of planets, four of that rare and slender reed-the bassoon, adding a double strength darkness to the rich orchestral palette. There is nothing like bassoons to strike a mood of 'wrath, calamity and misery'. I am sending a special round of virtual applause to the fine quartet, Michael Dooley, Keith Sutherland, Arthur Fallon and Michael Sexton. If that wasn't excitement enough, a triumph of no less than eight trumpets led by the formidable Sharon Brookes blew the cobwebs out of the UCH rafters with a 'marvelous scattering of sound'
|Bassoons warm up at LCU rehearsal|
On bassoon matters, I note that one of tonight''s quartet, Michael Dooley will feature as soloist in a Mozart Concert at the UL Summer Proms on May 9th continuing a trend of showcasing less frequently heard instruments from this ensemble conducted by Liam Daly.
|Bassoon: The dark side of the wind: Michael Dooley|