The Craswall Wind Ensemble

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  • 13/10/2018 - 14/10/2018
    5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A photograph of Huw Robinson and other musicians in the Craswall Ensemble playing for Concerts for Craswall

The Craswall Wind Ensemble

An Evening of Octets and Serenades

This concert will be an evening of music performed by the Harmonie.


Mozart Overture: The Marriage of Figaro
Dvorak Slavonic Dance Op 46 No.4
Mozart Serenade No. 12 in C minor K388
Schulz Divertimento for Wind Octet
Ibert 5 Pieces for Wind Trio
Krommer Partita in B-flat major Op 78


The central work is Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 in C minor (“Nachtmusik”). Certainly the first really significant work written for the Harmonie, it is an extraordinary piece in many ways. Mozart reserved C minor for his most serious composition, and this work (K388) does not disappoint.

It’s in a 4 movement symphonic form. The tragic opening is followed by a lyrical Andante, with a minuet in strict canon and a set of variations to end. The concert opens with a contemporary arrangement of Mozart’s overture to the Marriage of Figaro, common practice in Vienna in the late 18th century.

One of the companion works is a more recent divertimento by Danish composer Svend Schulz. It’s a neo-classical homage to the serenades and partitas of the 18th Century by Mozart, Haydn, Krommer and Beethoven.

The final work is by one of the masters of the form, Franz Krommer. The exciting Partita in B-flat major shows his mastery of writing for the Harmonie.  It’s music that really wouldn’t work in any other form.

The Craswall Wind Ensemble

The Craswall Wind Ensemble (2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons and 2 horns) is a group of talented players with a particular enthusiasm for chamber music. Many have been part of Concerts for Craswall performances in the past, both in chamber ensembles and orchestral performance.


Venue Website:

St Mary's Church, Craswall, Herefordshire, HR2 0PN, United Kingdom


This tiny Norman church has remained pretty well untouched by time, except in the 18th century when the west end was cut off by a wall to provide a school room: at the same time a west gallery was installed. Apart from that, it has remained plain and simple, except for the huge number of hooks around the walls, whether to hang chairs when the church was not being used for worship (as the Vicar thinks) or for hats (as everyone else thinks). Its very remoteness is somehow enhanced by the fact that it stands in a field: the ground is too rocky to have allowed it to be used for burial.