. . . And we weren’t disappointed! Today’s concert was utterly splendid: Fumi’s wonderfully varied programme brought us very familiar and popular pieces such as ‘Fantasia on Greensleeves’ and ‘Londonderry Air’ and others that were completely new to us, including James MacMillan’s ‘After the Tryst’, seemingly without pattern and leaving an impression of chaotic emotions, and Toru Takemitsu’s ‘Distance de Fee’, a Japanese composition described by Fumi as similar to a landscape by Picasso; both of which challenged our thinking and extended our repertoire. Fumi’s emotional performance was hugely appreciated by us all: as beautiful to watch as it was to listen to. We thank Fumi and his accompanist, Sarah Kershaw, for a memorable concert this afternoon!
Fumi Otsuki: beautiful to watch and to listen to . . .