Michal Kaznowski send this report from the memorial concert for Frances Andrade:
The sombre beauty and the matching acoustic quality of Wren’s beautiful Church, St James,s Piccadily, was the setting this evening for what became a celebration of music to the memory of Fran Andrade by her friends.
The concert, a ‘Fanfare for Fran’, was a touching memorial to her musical life and the large audience raised a substantial amount of money for her charity ‘Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre’ helped by the musicians generously donating their services.
Memorable in the concert was the Fanfare and Fugue, by Clive Jenkins, written in memoriam of Fran, as a portrait of her. Her untimely end was mirrored in an ethereal and tellingly inconclusive ending of the piece.
The concert director Peter Fisher played Schubert’s delightful A major Rondo D483, a work heard far too infrequently and especially poignant as it was apparent Fran had played it often as a teenager.
Hidden in the violas was Fran’s husband, Levine, imparting his genial approach to the music.