Madcap musicians leave us all smiling
HAVE you ever seen a man lying on his back playing a double bass, or trying to hold it under his chin like a violin? No? Then you've not seen Graffiti Classics, a string quartet with a difference.
Cathal O'duill, Emma Blanco, Jemima Clarke and Charlie Stock played faultlessly whether standing, running, jumping – anything other than standing still.
Charlie, the avuncular cheerleader, led the group on stage with the introduction to Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra followed by the opening of Beethoven's 5th Symphony which morphed into Saturday Night Fever. From Irish Reels, Sabre Dance, Russian, Bulgarian and Hungarian melodies we moved through Bach and the Sailors' Hornpipe to Ravel's Bolero, which sounded convincing on four instruments.
Audience participation was encouraged.
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We learned Italian, sang in Hebrew and tried syncopated clapping. But not much encouragement was required to get us to respond to the geniality and mayhem.
â Read the full review online at www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/thebuzz Anne Dunn