Mixing show tunes with classics

Trianon Concert at Capel St Mary, October 1 2011

It was very pleasant to sit in St Mary’s church, under the eyes of its wooden angels, and listen to a selection of music offered by Trianon Music Group which generally alternated a small choir with a brass ensemble. Trianon Musical Director Chris Green’s penchant for including traditional songs and music from shows amongst the main programme of classical pieces, worked brilliantly. The brass ensemble soon acclimatised to their unaccustomed exposure giving us some Grieg, and Dvorak, plus lesser known English composers, Locke and Barrel (no Stock sadly!) Their final flourish with Johann Strauss swung along with striking panache.

The small choir also sang Dvorak and Grieg, adding Lerner and Lowe, and Lionel Bart into the melange. Their highlight for me was Rutter’s arrangement of some well known songs, from which the Keel Row brought back happy days from my years in Northumberland, and invaded my sleep later.

Charles Nightingale

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