|An Evening of Operatic Favourites
concert on 19 May 2012 was a little different from the NYC's
featured favourite choruses and arias from a range of grand
operas. The audience
was seated informally at tables, in candlelight, with access to a bar
for drinks and nibbles. This
page brings together some accounts of the evening.
"OFFICIAL" REVIEW by
followers of North Yorkshire Chorus will remember their last concert at
Mary’s Church in Thirsk, where an evening of sacred music by Rossini,
Puccini made up the programme. Their
latest concert, at the Hambleton Forum in Northallerton, was a
favourites from the operatic repertoire, performed to a sell-out
seated round cabaret tables in an informal atmosphere.
One was struck by the age-range of the
audience, and the number of children and young people who obviously
colourful and varied programme. For some of them
it will have been their first taste of a concert like this: from the
and smiles at the end of the show, it may well be that they will come
A choir of over
sixty singers was augmented by soloists Anna Belward (soprano) and Paul
(Tenor), sensitively accompanied by Andrew Christer at the piano and,
final item, Verdi’s Triumphal Scene
from Aida, by the stirring trumpet
playing of Colin Pearson. Mention
be made of 11 year-old Benjamin Smith, who played a finely-tuned anvil
loaned by Thirlby blacksmith Jim Sheldrake for the occasion) in the
Chorus from Verdi’s Il Trovatore.
of this was under the precise and energetic direction of their regular
conductor, Greg Smith.
was varied and lively. It
haunting soprano aria 'Song To The Moon' from
Dvorak’s Rusalka and the teasing of
'Adele’s Laughing Song' from
Die Fledermaus, both of
allowed Anna Belward to show an astonishing range of vocal pitch and
colour. 'Poor Wandering One' from The Pirates Of Penzance became a
charming parlour duet, while Paul Smith was able to let loose with a
rousing 'Nessun Dorma'. By contrast,
choir gave splendid force to the grand chorus pieces in the programme,
in fine form with the last item, from Aida.
Proof – not that
proof is needed – of the range of this ensemble will be their next
concert, a joint
performance with Wetherby Choral Society of Edward Elgar’s Dream Of Gerontius, at Ripon Cathedral on
(A shortened version of this
review appeared in the Darlington
& Stockton Times on
15 June 2012)
OF A "FIRST-TIMER"
NYC on a very successful performance of Operatic Favourites on Saturday
May 2012. The setting for the audience was both
sociable, and a very conducive arrangement of seating to enable the
both see and hear the choir to full advantage. The choir’s
excellent and they obviously enjoyed the material they presented.
that the programme had featured more of the choir. The
soloists were both
humorous and informative in their introduction to their pieces, which
was altogether a
thoroughly enjoyable first experience of an evening of choral singing
North Yorkshire Chorus.
(Photo by Roy Hutchings)
a copy of the full programme (pdf - opens in a
COMMENTS BY ANOTHER AUDIENCE
choir made a confident start with chorus from Verdi’s La
Traviata. The piece included the soloists who sang with
and set the scene for an enjoyable evening.
The second piece, Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s
Dido and Aeneas, was
beautifully sung by the soprano soloist, Anna
solo arias which followed included several well known pieces. Paul
tenor soloist, sang ‘La donna e mobile’ from Rigoletto
with great flair and the timbre of a true operatic tenor.
In the second half the solo arias included Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ .
piece has become such a favourite in recent years that we have become
conditioned to certain recorded performances. Paul Smith sang it with
confidence and hearing a live performance was a pleasure, but in the
climax there was some oversinging, even though he has a big voice which
carry the piece. Another highlight was Anna Belward’s performance of
Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus,
sung with panache and obvious enjoyment.
would be tedious to mention every one of the 20 items which made up the
programme. There was great variety, ranging from Purcell and Mozart to
and Sullivan. Overall both soloists were excellent, and the enthusiasm
enjoyment of the chorus came across to the audience. Mention
must be made of the immense
contribution to the evening made by the accompanist, Andrew Christer,
played very sympathetically. And of course the Conductor, Greg Smith,
tirelessly to bring the best out of his singers.
concert finished with a stirring performance
of the Triumphal
Scene from Verdi’s Aida. The
addition of Colin Pearson’s
solo trumpet provided
and led to calls from the audience for an encore. Clearly
thoroughly enjoyed the evening.