"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
A SUMMER CELEBRATION
Singers in Great Waltham Church
their fortieth season, this concert was an impressive meeting of past
and future, sacred and profane. Based largely on the music they took
with them on their tour of Venice last month.
began with a sequence of church music from Byrd to Rutter – his
simple, fervent God Be In My Head. These were some of the pieces that
the Singers have shared with us over the years – Bruckner's Locus
Iste, for example - and included a performance of Victoria's Misa O
Magnum Mysterium. Superbly balanced blend of voices in Tallis's O
Nata Lux, and the splendour of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus to end.
directed with inspirational enthusiasm and eloquent precision by
Andrew Fardell, who confessed that after the interval they were
straying outside their comfort zone, loosening up a little. No need
to worry, since the next three numbers were all arrangements for The
Kings Singers, who have proved better than anyone that letting your
hair down doesn't mean letting your standards slip.
work, and hugely entertaining, especially the I'm A [High Speed]
Train encore. [Though some of us might have appreciated the contrasting nostalgia of Slow Train, from the same album, I think ...]
artist for the evening was singer/pianist Claire Harper, who gave us
some great jazz standards, unmediated by microphones, and then joined
the Singers for a heady mix of the cool and the choral, especially in
video of Tallis in Venice by Gwyneth's friend Helen ...