On 20 October 2016 Hilary O’Donoghue’s singing students and Andante Quartet provided the music for the Third Thursday at Twelve Thirty concert.
The Andante Quartet introduced today’s concert with lively versions of ‘Viva la Musica’ and ‘Ma Bella Bimba’, as well as ‘Improviso’, a pensive Italian piece which asks the listener to reflect as day turns to night shadow.
The first soloist, Amber Trigg, sang ‘Ride on a Rainbow’ and ‘La Cucaracha’ in an assured and charming way. She was much admired by a small member of the audience who toddled to the front to get a good view! A great first solo performance from Amber. Bill Ridsdale then gave a stirring performance of both ‘Myself when Young’ and ‘Fear no more the heat of the sun’, beautifully accompanied by pianist Roger Windmill.
The appreciative audience was then put to work, accepting with gusto the invitation to join in with a medley of ‘South Pacific’ songs. This was really enjoyable. Then we heard Maria Cerrone sing two songs from ‘Oliver’, showing her deftness with demanding notes and displaying admirable performance ability. The final soloist, Ruth Wilkinson, chose to sing two pieces by Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, performing these disparate songs with skill and finesse.
The quartet concluded with Peter Skellan’s ‘Love Divine’, just right for approaching Advent and, finally, we heard ‘Amazing Grace’ sung by the whole company, young and not so young. A magnificent performance.
A big thank you to Hilary, the quartet, pianist and soloists who showed us how wonderful it is to be part of a concert with such a genuine love of singing. Thanks also go to Lesley for organising the event and to Gill and Jean for serving the lovely refreshments.
Words by Andrea Hearne, photos by Richard Hearne