For instance, the numerous birdsong passages that are scored for xylophone, xylorimba
, and marimba supported by tubular bells are bracketed together on three or four staves, thereby suggesting a single player.
It also needs an extensive percussion section and, among the numerous gongs, drums and a wind machine, the widely-acclaimed Colin Currie will be performing on the xylorimba
alongside Richard Benjafield ( professor of percussion at London's Guildhall School of Music ( on glockenspiel.
In the crucial obbligato roles Claire Briggs paced her horn solos with fine judgment and flair; Huw Ceredig and Annie Oakley scintillated on xylorimba
and glockenspiel; and Paul Crossley rendered the darting restlessness of the overwhelming piano part with immense authority and fearless attack.