11th June 2016 Giggleswick Concert

Review by Allan Evans, Settle Music:

"Lancaster Singers On Saturday 11th June, a sizeable and appreciative audience welcomed The Lancaster Singers on their first visit to Giggleswick Chapel. The choir performed a concert entitled Across the Pond, featuring music from America, Canada and Britain. Director Duncan Lloyd promised something for everyone and he didn’t disappoint, presenting a varied and balanced programme of popular and lesser known pieces. From the opening bars of Norman Gilbert’s Jubilate Deo the choir filled the space with a glorious sound and demonstrated their versatility by performing pieces either as a full choir (She Walks in Beauty – Mealor and The Bluebird – Stanford) or as a reduced chamber choir (Rise up my love my fair one – Willan and Dirait-on - Lauridsen). With strong and accomplished singers across all sections they executed classical, religious and popular tunes with aplomb and in most instances unaccompanied. Other highlights included Hushabye Mountain (Sherman and Sherman) Sleep (Whitacre) Shenandoah (arranged Erb) and Duncan’s own Just as I am.

Adding to the variety, in each half, accompanist Ian Tate took centre stage and played Four Piano Blues by Aaron Copland. And what better way to finish a delightful evening of transatlantic music than with a choral medley from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, one of the few occasions during the evening when soloists were used to add highlights to the colour and tone of this popular piece. A thoroughly enjoyable evening in the presence of a very talented and skilful group of singers and musicians and we will certainly be looking out for their future concerts.

Allan Evans – Settle Music"

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