Last night’s concert was well received by a very appreciative audience. Puccini’s Messa di Gloria was such a joyous work to perform, with such beautiful melodies interweaving throughout, this piece was unknown by many of us until now – certainly one to be repeated in the future.
As always, we were so fortunate to have Jonathan Gooing providing a magnificent piano accompaniment, this time supported by Steve Kohut on percussion and Mike O’Farrell on trumpet.
The premiere performance of Robert’s new composition “St George and the Dragon” was,without doubt, the highlight of the evening.
From the catchy 5/4 earworm of the villagers’ melody to the cheesy duet so beautifully hammed up by the King (Peter Taylor) and his daughter (Clare Wheat); the beautiful harmonies reminiscent of Bach, peppered with hints of G+S and even Freddie Mercury as St George (David Watkin-Holmes) cantered through his solo with his tongue firmly in his cheek to the big ending where Bel Canto added some Can Belto as the dragon was truly defeated.
Congratulations to Robert for this wonderful pastiche, we loved every minute of it as did the audience!
It was lovely to meet Nancy and Terry Webb, our guests of honour – and narrator!
Great team effort from the Webb family and a great team effort from Bel Canto.