24 March 2012
Unlock the Music performed at St. Peter's Church Centre, Wellesbourne, where we had a warm welcome and played to a packed audience on 24th March. The main work was "Come ye Sons of Art", with conductor James Felix and our James Felix Singers. This marks the beginning of UTM bringing its concerts into community venues in Warwickshire. Also featuring in the concert were the lovely Fantasia String Quartet with a programme of popular classics and pupils of Lizzie Perring singing solo songs and arias form Purcell and Handel.
UTM the music will be performing this "Come ye Sons" again later in the year in the afternoon Sunday October 14th at Leamington Hastings.
"There was standing room only at the Church Centre on Saturday 24th March. The concert, compered by Lizzie Perring herself, began most unusually with an exquisite, balanced and beautifully controlled dance realisation of ‘Winter’
From Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Daniel and Amy
There followed a succession of classical solos and duets from composers as varied as Handel and Mendelssohn and Purcell all sung with great feeling by a variety of talented young soloists. Perhaps the most moving of which was a rendering of Dido’s lament.
The first of two intervals followed, notable fro the Cake! Obviously the talent of this ensemble extend beyond music.
The Fantasia String Quartet entertained us for the next part of the concert with a programme of modern (19th & 20thC) music from composers such as Saint-Saens and Anita Hewitt-Jones. The Quartet was augmented by flautist Dave Weir for some pieces.
A second interval, with wine and nibbles, was succeeded by a performance of Henry Purcell’s “Come ye Sons of Art”. In this the young soloists were joined by other singers. There were numerous solos throughout the piece but perhaps the tiny figure of the first, Alexandra, stole our hearts.
A thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring evening and there will undoubtedly be further concerts I am sure. Just watch this space and if you would lie to sing just contact Lizzie o 07941 565 311"