Winter Warmers to cheer and delight
Winter weather will linger, but to astronomers, smart historians, and flower buds everywhere, the first of August is the first day of Spring. Accordingly, the Choral Society is bursting out with Winter Warmers, a concert of many colours of warmth and fun on Sunday in St Andrew’s Church.
The outstanding blossoms will be local soloists with backing chorus: mezzo-soprano Esther Hudson in the spiritual I’ve Been in the Storm so long, veteran soprano Catherine Macdonald in the great aria Casta diva, new tenor Ben Roberts with an opera serenade, and Beatrix Carino, transforming from her role of Sandy in Grease, with the immortal Strauss favourite, The Nuns’ Chorus. The finale is the triumphal march from Aida, featuring solo trumpeters Dean Middleton and Per Elzen, with the concert’s pianist Coralie Hunter joined by organist Sean Scanlen and timpanist Amanda Maclean.
The newly formed men’s choir will make a guest appearance, as will the Femmes Four, the women’s quartet which so impressed with their harmonies and the pure soprano of Madeline Jones last year.
The choir, conducted by Gavin Maclean, will round out this programme with music spanning four hundred years, and light-hearted items including a Beatles medley. The audience may then round it out with a sumptuous afternoon tea.
Ticket includes delicious afternoon tea in the community hall after the concert.
Gavin Maclean Musical Director
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