With assured familiarity, their version is exquisite at times. Glossy players all, the first violins even conjured, in the Air, a sound so weightless it seemed to hover at the back of the cathedral. But glossy isn't where Bartok's Divertimento is at, and a bit more grit here might have balanced the programme better.
Their second appearance featured Alasdair Nicolson's Stramash, a fun piece opening with frenzied cello and bass, moving through celtic tuttis, and ending in the whistle of wind. The Trondheim Soloists also brought with them the Larsen brothers – two Norwegian folk fiddlers – whose tunes went down a treat. Appearances by the Wrigley Sisters and a promising band of young Orcadians, No Soond, made for a delightfully varied yet integrated concert.
Ashley Solomon's Arakaender Bolivian Choir gave two performances of Baroque music recently discovered in old Bolivian missions, while Florilegium gave beautiful renditions of some newly discovered sonatas, with fireworks from leader Bojan Cicic breaking up what might otherwise have been rather samey programmes. Keeping latin masses in one concert, and Villancicos in another, could be reconsidered. The positive impact of their encores, all Bolivian folk music, underlined the need for more variety.