Review: Lesley Garrett & Anna Tilbrook
Marlborough College Concert Series – Sunday 15 September 2019
Lesley Garrett & Anna Tilbrook
The 78th season of world-class musicians in Marlborough opened with a performance from the renowned soprano, Lesley Garrett, accompanied by the excellent Anna Tilbrook on piano. The concert was more “An Evening with … “ rather than a conventional song recital, but that didn’t matter in the slightest as Lesley Garrett treated us to a journey through her musical life, surrounded by an eclectic range of musical offerings.
A packed Memorial Hall clearly enjoyed the experience as they warmed to some amusing anecdotes and a few trips down memory lane. Lesley’s enthusiasm is utterly infectious and she is a huge presence on stage, but special praise should be given to her accompanist, Anna Tilbrook, whose discreet, subtle but essential contribution provided Lesley with the perfect support throughout the entire programme.
Once again, the Memorial Hall acoustics came up trumps, with the gorgeous Steinway (under Anna Tilbrook’s touch) revealing its gems of colour and depth. At the time of writing the refurbished Memorial Hall has been open over 12 months. In that time, we have welcomed some fabulous artists to the stage and they all remark what a special place it is to perform. Make no mistake, it is, and how lucky we are that we have such a facility within our Marlborough community.