If you were in the audience for our performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man' and other works on Saturday 17 November 2018, we hope you found it as memorable and moving as we in the choir did. (The photo on the left was taken during the afternoon's rehearsal, with more photos at the bottom of this page and in the photo galleries section.)
Weren't soloist Lilly Papaioannou and the fantastic Instrumentalists amazing? In the first half of the evening's concert, Lilly charmed the audience with her singing of Benjamin Britten's: Tell me the Truth about Love and Funeral Blues. In a change of evening dress to suit the mood, she returned to sing a selection of folk songs from around the UK and delighted the whole audience by demonstrating the lighter side of her voice and character ahead of the serious, more sombre tone of 'The Armed Man', when she joined the choir by wearing black, adorned with a red poppy.
The two trumpeters, Mark James and Ian Shires played faultlessly and added such colour and meaning to 'The Armed Man', while Rona Porter's plaintive, soaring cello playing brought a lump to the throat in Jenkins' 'Benedictus'. Clair Munro and Beth Mackenzie were excellent on the varied percussion instruments used throughout the work, while Robin Versteeg (organ) and our own Sheila Bruce (piano) provided the musical underpinning of all the accompanied sections.
It was beautiful to hear the 'Call to Prayer' being sung, live, by a member of Inverness Mosque, and many in the audience commented on how memorable and moving it was to see the accompanying film behind the choir, which added to the powerful peace message of 'The Armed Man'.
This concert was another triumph for our Conductor, Gordon Tocher, who retained his customary calm throughout and steered us through the varied and demanding works.
Our next concert at Eden Court Theatre is Joseph Haydn's Nelson Mass and John Rutter's Magnificat on Saturday 27th April 2019. Make a note of the date in your diaries!