Cramphorn Lunchtime Concert
Soprano Jane Parker sang a varied programme to a packed and appreciative Cramphorn audience last week.
Her recital began with baroque arias, including Handel's Verdi Prati, sung with affecting simplicity, and ended with a wistful number from Meredith Wilson's The Music Man.
In between, we heard opera from Mozart and Puccini; Parker's vivacity and versatility often reminiscent of mezzo Cecilia Bartoli. From the Arno to the Tyne, with a folksong arrangement from Cantamus, and Britten's tender treatment of a French song.
Her own settings of the liturgy, including a hypnotic version of the Agnus Dei, were followed by three contrasting songs from the shows: the saccharine Sound of Music and the moving Losing My Mind, from Sondheim's Follies.
Our enjoyment was enhanced by Jane's infectiously enthusiastic introductions. Her accompanists were Sue Williams and the producer of these concerts, Jeffery Wilson. Both of them gave her sensitive and musicianly support - very impressive.