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Our Summer Concert 2015
Twyford Singers took its audience on a whistle stop musical tour through the concert
halls, cathedrals, theatres and streets of Europe at their Summer Concert at the
end of June. They visited France, Spain and Germany but also further afield to Russia
and Norway. Martin Lorenz, a Russian speaker was very impressed with Rachmaninov’s
There was a mixture of choir pieces and soloists, the soloist all being members of
the choir. The opening Gloria (Vivaldi) got the concert off to an energetic start.
The first half was focussed on sacred and folk influenced music the highlights of
which were Dvorak’s “Goin’ home”, Scubert’s Ave Maria (sung by sops and altos) and
Rachmaninov “Borgorodiste” which was sung unaccompanied. The second half was much
lighter in tone and included much music from operas and musicals. The opening piece
– Polostivian Dances (Borodin) was sung with conviction, and the Anvil Chorus had
real character. The tenors and basses had a chance to shine in Granada and the whole
choir enjoyed singing O Sole Mio.
Danny Walsh accompanied himself on guitar to give an entertaining rendition of La
One audience member said they were really impressed by the quality and variety of
singing. One of their highlights was the Rossini Due Gatti performed by Helen Styles
and Sue Thomas.
Another audience member "particularly appreciated the light-hearted pieces in the
second half" - "Katie Styles rose to the occasion beautifully and had obviously been
well trained" in her rendition of Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables
Perhaps the concert was best summed up by Mary Elliott who said the concert was "exactly
her cup of tea. A really good mix of music with the sacred items not being too serious
and paired with good songs and some very entertaining items."
The choir resumed rehearsals in September so if you would like to join them please
come along to Twyford United Reformed Church at 7.45pm on any Tuesday or contact
the secretary by clicking on :-
The Twyford Singers’ Christmas Concert will include Christmas songs to recognise
the 60th birthday of Bob Chilcott and 70th birthday of John Rutter