|Emma Kirkby Heather Tomala Nicholas Clapton at RIAM|
Thankfully , nobody was left outside the door of the elegant period drawing room and we were treated to a wonderful evening of singing and shared insights into the genesis of a selection of English and Italian early music by KIrkby and countertenor Nicholas Clapton .
When a performer is as lauded as Kirkby, you are a little apprehensive about hearing them , given the weight of expectation that accompanies the encounter. Kirkby was wonderful live. Added the purity of her voice was her stance, the graceful gestures and facial expression that animated her delivery. She wasn't just performing -she was it , whatever iy was be it star crossed lover or the ghost of a little girl ! Particularly lovely with lute accompaniment by Simone Coalvecchi were two numbers by John Danyel to words by his brother Samuel. As an encore we heard participants Angie Hicks and Lauren ? in a tender duet as a taster for the studnet showcase the following evening. A smiling Heather Tomala at the piano and harpsichord was excellent.throughout . I am facinated to read that in her spare time she indulges in a spot of Irish dancing. There now!