Warm performance to banish chilly winter blues

Last year, for the first time ever, Trianon had to cancel this annual concert owing to the atrocious weather.

The concert is a pep-up to beat the winter blues and lift the spirits from the doldrums that becalm us after the Christmas frenzy. So it was especially joyous as it featured the programme that was cancelled from last year.

The medley of film music ranged widely from vintage to modern, starting with It’s A Grand Night for Singing by Rodgers and Hammerstein (State Fair). This happy and carefree song skipped along, setting a cheerful atmosphere for the evening ahead.

Next, with The Bridge on the River Kwai, the choir demonstrated its whistling skills in that defiant marching tune.

On to epics, the main theme from Exodus (Gold) had depth and was skilfully arranged by choir member David Ruddock. There followed the magical world of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, in which choir and orchestra evoked an ethereal air.

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Mama Mia featured a medley of songs by the ever-popular ABBA. Other themes covered sports, vaudeville and Disneyland fantasy; the performance was warming on this chilly winter evening and very enjoyable.

Both orchestra and choir, conducted by Professor Chris Green and led by Steve Browne, as is usual, gave a sterling performance to a full audience.

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