|Tenor Sean Costello with Mrs Hanrahan and pals at UCH|
All in all, this was a very entertaining and slick presentation. Of the voices, Sean Costello most successfully caught the spirit of the star and cut a handsome figure on stage. I was baffled as to why any of the voices were amplified as all three voices were competent operatic voices used to projecting in concert hall spaces. We sat downstairs for the first half and the balance was awful . We moved to the choir balcony for the second half and the amplification was less noticeable and it was also a better position to view Jablokov's emphatic leadership style, a key feature of which involves standing on his tippy toes in his patent leather concert shoes and placing the down beat with his heels,
The hall was 90 % full and the audience age range was mostly in the 50-70 year bracket. I met two people from Ennis who were delighted to be out of hospital in time for the gig and while not a 'singa long' type of crowd, clearly the repertoire was associated with many memories for the listeners.
Little things mean a lot and I was delighted to see Sean and Vladimir in the foyer to meet and greet. Artists don't bother sometimes and having a photo with Sean meant a lot to a group of widows from the local Active and Retired Association .