Guild Singers concert 16 July 2015

Enjoyed another tuneful concert yesterday evening, here in Milton Keynes. This time by the Guild Singers, a group of ladies who perform in aid of local charities. Yesterday it was the turn of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. The dogs were gorgeous, and occasionally added an unexpected harmony to the proceedings. Although the one along the row from me slept through most of the concert: lulled to sleep by the music.

The Guild Singers are slightly unusual in that it is a three-part choir. Suitable arrangements of music do not, therefore, grow on trees. As always undeterred by this complexity, they worked their way around an impressive breadth of material during the evening – and did it beautifully.

The highlights of the programme, for me, included ‘Seal Lullaby’ by Eric Whitacre (only the second time I’ve heard this – absolutely lush), three Hungarian folk songs arranged by Matyas Seiber (I’ve sung these – they’re enormous fun), Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ (does anyone else think this sounds like Fauré?) and  ‘the Rhythm of Life’ from Sweet Charity. Nuala Clarkson’s links and snippets of information about the music are always interesting, and the three poetry readings added a fresh dimension to what was already a fun evening.


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