Royal Northern College of Music concert– Offenbach and Sullivan
Timothy Bagley — Neil Balfour — Rebecca Barry — Chelsea Burns
Fiona Finsbury — Samuel Jackson — David McCaffrey — Michael Jones
Juliet Montgomery — Matthew Nuttall —Daniella Sicari —Charlotte Trepass
with Emily Hooker and Benedict Kearns at the piano.
This large ensemble of 12 voices gave an outstanding concert which included items from the College’s new stage production La Vie Parisienne (commencing Dec 7th). Sullivan had been dubbed the English Offenbach and so this contribution to the evening’s entertainment was most appropriate.
Many of the Sullivan items were new to our ears — the three charming part songs Fair Daffodils, The Rainy Day and Evening were exquisitely sung with all soloists nicely balanced. Solo items like The Willow, and Rosalind, are rarely ever heard and were mainly unknown to this audience of Sullivan aficionados. For good measure some of the favorite G&S ballads and arias were included in the programme. The freshness of evening’s content brought an extra layer of interest. Throughout, the singing was superb and all appreciated the skill and effort taken by the students to prepare such polished performances.
The society would like to thank Kevin Thraves (Deputy Head of Opera at the college) for his outstanding research to reveal the interesting facets of history used to link the pieces.
Plenty of humour abounded in La Vie Parisienne and the cast’s delivery was perfect. The talent shown by these undergraduates and quality of singing both in tone and extent of register was amazing and made the event particularly special. It was interesting to discover strains of 'A magnet hung in a hardware shop' being heard in one of the Offenbach numbers, composed 15 years earlier than Patience.
This was a memorable evening and we wish the company much success with their forthcoming December production.
(For details go to– http://www.rncm.ac.uk/performance/la-vie-parisienne/ )
Raymond J Walker