Review: Advent Celebration
There’s an old saying that ‘music is a universal language’, and it’s true. Music transcends the complexities of life, it energises and empowers, and it enriches our lives to the greater good of all.
The wonderful thing about the recent concert entitled ‘An evening for Advent, Modern Languages Readings and Music’ was that all those qualities were on display, and it was also a perfect reminder of the value of cross-departmental collaboration. The Advent message throughout was an ideal seasonal theme.
The choice of repertoire and readings was both persuasive and impressive. Readings were completed in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese, interspersed with music by Warlock, Mendelssohn, Reger, Schumann, Fauré, Handel, Thiman and Schubert, and the result was truly uplifting and inspirational. The Adderley provided the perfect intimacy for such an occasion and with Clare Toomer providing sublime accompaniment, and a convivial slice of Stollen and a glass of Glühwein to close the evening, accompanied by Sophie Elvin’s accordion, the enthusiastic audience went home more than contented.
A fine evening indeed.