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CAMERATA AND QPAC : ILLUMINATIONS

Camerata ‘Illuminations’. Pic Alex Jamieson

The latest captivating concert by Camerata was filmed at QPAC and streamed by the ADCH . with the umbrella title ILLUMINATIONS. The playing was magnificent, assured and accomplished. Mention must be made of soloists Thomas Chawner on viola and Karol Kowalik on cello, and violinists Brendan Joyce and Jonny Ng. The concert blended the subtlety and sensitivity of French Impressionist poetry and music (Debussy) with English aplomb (the Britten and Elgar works).

The program began with Edward Elgar’s rich, multi-layered Serenade for Strings, Op.20 (1892). It opened briskly with scurrying swirls and eddies but then changed and rippled and swelled passionately in a slower, far more thoughtful way. The piece was dignified, polished and thoughtful. The wonderful ensemble was given various moments to shine. Continue reading CAMERATA AND QPAC : ILLUMINATIONS

WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:  LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS @ THE CONCOURSE 

Much fun was had by all in this glorious concert, where we can pretend we are at the Royal Albert Hall in London. As always it featured popular classics and stirring British patriotic music. Willoughby Symphony was joined by the Willoughby Symphony Choir (including a few students of the Barker College Senior Choir) and the talented artists from Pacific Opera, all dynamically and enthusiastically conducted by Dr Nicholas Milton .

First up was a brisk, stirring rendition of ‘Pomp and Circumstance Military March No. 4’ by Edward Elgar. Then came Henry Wood’s ‘See the Conquering Hero Comes’, from his work about the Battle of Trafalgar, with the melody familiar to church goers as the hymn ‘Thine Be The glory’ Risen Conquering Son’, but here without libretto .It opened with delicate woodwind then swelled to encompass the whole Orchestra.

‘Zadok the Priest’ by Handel, with its association with every British coronation since 1727,  was next with its pulsating , throbbing strings and the choir a huge wall of sound that tumbled and bubbled. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:  LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS @ THE CONCOURSE