|Summer Music Group in Glór|
We were preceded by a splendid brass fanfare.
Later in the evening I heard the festival production of The Green Children by Nicola Le Fanu. and Kevin Crossley-Holland. Director Airlee Scott coaxed fine performances from the young ensemble of twenty or so voices. Particularly impressive were Orlaith Wallace as Lady Alice and Emily Luff as the Green Girl. The tableau in costumes by Monica Hannaford evoked a scene from a Bruegel painting and I specially liked the maypole unfurled by the costume mistress herself. The show incorporated a number of project scenes where the cast devised their own lyrics and these were very charming. A chamber ensemble added colour but never overwhelmed the young voices. Percussionist, Pete Mitchell, a student at the Royal Northern College of Music added all manner of bells and whistles to the sound palette. I found it extraordinary that although I don't think there was any amplification I could hear most of the words quite clearly . Well done. Charming!