This latest concert by Willoughby Symphony was performed and filmed in August at the Concourse with a very reduced audience and Orchestra because of Covid. Social distancing was enforced.
It was energetically and enthusiastically conducted by Dr Nicholas Milton with his usual precise, dramatic control. The Orchestra was heavily reduced, using ‘ just’ the strings section. We also were treated to some glorious singing and acting by the splendid young artists of Pacific Opera.
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.