A large audience sheltered from the weather on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed a first-rate Musical Extravaganza in the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary.
Christopher Luke, who also organised the concert, opened with two very appealing organ solos, a cheerful Trumpet Tune and the evergreen English Country Garden.
Take Four, a saxophone quartet led by Stewart Maunder, gave an interesting arrangement of Amazing Grace and then swung with ease into the Glenn Miller favourite In The Mood.
The Taranaki Youth Choir, directed by Krissy Jackson and accompanied by husband Peter, sang a good mix of classical and gospel styles, showing a rapidly building repertoire in their first year. Their happy, youthful enthusiasm rounded off appropriately with Oh Happy Day.
Another aspect of Christopher Luke's musical talents appeared when he played clarinet with his wife, Amelia, on flute in two charming classical duets. A perfect performing partnership.
A beautifully balanced string quartet, The Plymouth Ensemble, played Mozart and the Irish Londonderry Air with aplomb, but the aria Nessun Dorma didn't translate so well.
Another perfect partnership, Trevor and Betty Bremner on cornet and piano, gave us three beautiful melodies with consummate musicianship. Schubert's To Music was immaculate.
Resplendent in their Elizabethan outfits, the Madrigal Companie, directed by Paul Cooke, made a serene sound and coped well with colourful harmonies in two David Hamilton pieces. His Blessing was so apt to conclude this splendid concert.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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