Bury St Edmunds Festival: John Williams and Richard Harvey dish up a global feast

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The Apex, Wednesday

A GLOBAL feast of marvellous music awaited the audience at The Apex as the master of guitar John Williams and multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey collaborated to produce an evening of music from Rennaissance to the present day.

Compositions from Indonesia, the Camaroon, China and Paraguay and some glittering Irish folk kept the audience entertained, but it was Harvey’s skill with a cornucopia of instruments from the taber and flute to a whole range of exotic instruments which shone through.

Williams’ understated style was a great foil to the multi-instrumental skill from Harvey. Both performers certainly seemed to enjoy their relaxed but highly skilful performance.

The audience travelled from ancient China to West Africa with a stop off to the Gamelan music of Indonesia with beautiful fluting bird calls. This was contrasted by a visit to Café 1930 by Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, where a reflective clarinet created the sense of a smoke filled café looking out onto a rainy film noir street.

An evening of magical music. LA