Cleeve Singers' concert of contrasts

August 03 2018
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THOSE of you who did not purchase a ticket for the Cleeve Singers concert on Saturday July 7 at Lincombe Barn missed an amazing concert.

 It was a concert of contrasts. On the one hand the clarinet soloist played music by Brahms, Poulenc and Horovitz and the choir sang music from West Side Story, Showboat, Rose of England (Ivor Novello), Hallelujah, Get Happy, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing and so on.

Timothy Mitchell is a very musically accomplished boy of 14 who is the principal clarinet of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and is the South Cotswold Rotary Musician of the Year. He plays piano, church organ, drums and saxophone and when he has spare time enjoys drama, computer coding, magic tricks and walking. His performance was brilliant.

Timothy’s accompanist was Michael Lunts and what a pianist! He has performed regularly on the West End stage, combining popular and classical music with a passion for drama.   He has travelled the world giving performances combining drama and live music giving an insight into the music and minds of composers. A very congenial gentleman willing to assist a young boy on the way up.

Not perhaps the Cleeve Singers usual type of concert, but worth hearing and seeing some brilliant playing. I have always said people should support amateur concerts as you never know whom you might hear and see. The Cleeve Singers have received Paul Potts twice before he won Britain's Got Talent.

So would you like to join this choir to sing under a conductor desiring to get the best from you? Sopranos and tenors are required in particular but even if you are an alto or bass you would be just as welcome. Come along and have a free trial. We meet on Wednesdays, 7.30pm at Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Downend, or for more information contact the secretary on 0117 956 1881.  The new seasons term commences on Wednesday September 12, 2018.

 

Patricia Holmes

Secretary, Cleeve Singers