Review of ‘I got Gershwin, Summer Swing concert’ at Ely Cathedral on Saturday 13th June 2015

Review of ‘I got Gershwin, Summer Swing concert’ at Ely Cathedral on Saturday 13th June 2015

Paul Trepte is a very versatile Musical Director and this jazz evening was yet another new and highly successful show in Ely Cathedral.

The event was exciting and spectacular, having us toe-tapping in our seats. When the first strands of the opening number: ‘Let’s face the music and dance’ started, I knew we were in for a thrilling evening.

The 78RPM Big Band, led by Julian Landymore, was fantastic with an amazing sound and impressive solos. The highlight for me was when the trombones gelled with that familiar Glennn Miller-type accompaniment as they moved down the nave, returning to sway with the music, their instruments waving in the air in true jazz band style. It didn’t take me long to think that of all the instruments in the band, I wanted to learn the trombone – although the sexy sounds from the saxophones were tantalising too. Then, come to think of it, the piano and flute were also exceedingly attractive after hearing these performers play so soulfully and the drums, well, I defy anyone not to want to have a go after this tremendous display.

The mass of singers: Ely Cathedral Choirs, Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers, The Ely Imps, Ely Choral Society, Ely Youth Choir and Ely Consort were magnificent. In the second half of the programme they came into their own mastering intricate rhythms and full challenging harmonies. Their voices rose powerfully into the Cathedral vaults adding yet another dimension to this exhilarating sound.

The solo singer Ruth Applin sang beautifully and when she fully relaxed in the second half and she sang the final number: ‘New York, New York’ in a luscious easy ‘swinging’ style she captured the essence of the song perfectly and had the singers dancing to the beat with free abandon.

The amazing programme also included many old favourites, like ‘Luck be a Lady tonight’, It don’t mean a thing’, ‘Oye Como Va’, ‘That Ol’ Devil Called Love’, ‘S-wonderful’, ‘I got rhythm’, ‘American in Paris’, ‘Fascinatin’ Rhythm’, ‘It ain’t necessarily so’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘A Taste of Honey’, ‘Tuxedo Junction’, ‘Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree’, ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’ and ‘Pennsylvania 6-5000’.

We clamoured for the encore but after this, the evening had to close, much to our regret. This concert was a real winner.

The next event to enjoy in Ely Cathedral is Ely Sinfonia’s ‘Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue’ in Ely Cathedral Presbytery. For tickets, contact Ely Cathedral Box Office tel: (01353) 660349 or email: box.office @elycathedral.org

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