I arrived just in time for the second half. Numbers included well known cello favourites, The Swan, Mendelssohn's Song Without Words , Brahms Hungarian Dance no 5 and part of Elgar's Cello Concerto. Lyric tenor, Peter O Donohue mixed Neopolitan favourites, Funniculi, and Irish favourites , Macushla, Danny Boy, My Lagan Love ( acapella) with elegant arrangements by MD Noel Lennon featuring Peter Sébestyén's cantabile cello lines. Composer Adam Scheck was in the audience to hear his Elegy for cello and piano Aficionados in the audience reported that the highlight of the first half was an arrangement of The Sally Gardens. The young Clare tenor paused in the encore Nessun Dorma to draw in his former teacher Archie Simpson in the chanting of the refrain. Both Peters are teaching in the locality and it was good to see a mix of generations with a contingent of their young students in the audience.
|All on board the night train ! |
Those ceiling lamps look like stalacmites
|Peter and Adam greeting fans|
I enjoyed this evening both for the high quality musicianship and the opportunity to catch up with friends and former students. While there was less of a soirée ambiance at the back of the gathering, there was quite a buzz and the audience lingered for a while to meet the performers. I loved the subdued lighting which added much to the atmosphere. The acoustics, while not perfect, were good enough to hear all the lines clearly. What could not be heard at all clearly were the vocal introductions. I suggest that two items would have improved this performance; a riser for the cellist so he could be seen by all and a simple portable amp and microphone just for the spoken bits.
Bravo Music Theatre West! More of the same soon please!
|Peter and Ennis Musical Society ladies Mary, Maret and Kay|
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