Review of The Kings Men at Chatteris on Friday 24th April 2015

The Kings MenAcknowledged by many as the most renowned singers world-wide, the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College Cambridge have formed themselves into a delightfully entertaining ensemble. Besides its members’ commitment to singing daily services in King’s College Chapel, this group, the King’s Men, is in huge demand. At their concert in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul  in Chatteris last Friday, the singers not only entertained us with their exquisitely pure, sonorous voices, but they shared delightful wit and humour that only youthful talented people such as these can engender. The audience was thrilled.

Music of all kinds filled the programme: the nostalgic ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’, religious works by Byrd, di Lassus, Pitoni and Durufle, spirituals: ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, ‘Deep River’ and ‘Steal Away’, traditional songs:  ‘Greensleeves’, ‘O Waly waly’, ‘Sally Gardens’  and ‘Dashing  away with a smoothing iron’ and popular items: ‘I want you back’ from the Jackson 5, ‘Everything’ of Michael Buble fame, ‘Summer Nights’ from ‘Grease’, Duke Ellington’s ‘Mood Indigo’ and the Beach Boys’ ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Get Around’.

What made the evening was not only the packed and varied programme, but the sheer beauty and skill of the singers’ voices as rich, full harmonies, pulsating rhythms, and amazingly intricate turns within sophisticated arrangements held the listeners spellbound.

‘Tame’ organist Richard Gowler provided very pleasant interludes, ably abetted by ‘a sterling page-turner’ and the encore, ‘Everytime we say Goodbye’, was most welcome and well deserved.

Forthcoming concerts provided by Chatteris Music Society include Paula Jackman’s Jazzmen on Saturday 11th July and Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra on Saturday 12th September.

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