Archive for April, 2016

Review of KD Theatre Production’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in The Maltings, Ely on Saturday 2nd April 2016

April 2, 2016

What a wonderful night’s entertainment! This familiar tale was retold with all that you need: excellent cast, lively up-dated music, amazing dancing and those corny gags so familiar to pantomime. Dorothy (played by Mary Cameron) was so good that she kept reminding me of Judy Garland. We booed the wonderfully evil Wicked Witch (Katherine Hickmott), clapped when beautiful  Glinda the Good (Jessica Theobald) magically appeared on stage and we thoroughly believed the anxiety the Lion (Terry Gauci), the Tin Man (Tom Tilley), the Scarecrow (Jordan Veloso) and Dorothy felt in their separate needy quests. The sound was particularly good and helped make the Wizard (Oliver Scott) credible in both guises.

This slick production eased though the variety of scenes and the doubling of parts to form a thoroughly good evening out. Director Daniel Bell, and his team are to be congratulated for such a fine performance. KD Theatre Production’s ‘Fame’ in September – October 2016 at the ADC Theatre Cambridge and ‘Aladdin’ at The Maltings Ely 22d December 2016 to 15 January 2017 should be well worth a visit.



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Review of a concert in the Cambridge Bachfest 2016 in St Columba’s United Reformed Church on Saturday 26th March 2016

April 2, 2016

Ian de Massini Aug 15 emailIan de Massini and the Cambridge Voices are well known to Ely Cathedral for when they come their concert is quickly a sell-out and it is easy to see why. There is no doubt that Ian is a musical genius and it was he who inspired the Cambridge Bachfest last weekend.

The concert on Saturday featured Ian and the Cambridge Voices and with their customary exquisite style they performed a work they had premièred in Ely Cathedral last year: Ian’s arrangement for voices of the slow movement from Bach’s ‘Double Violin Concerto’. The words chosen to be sung to this usually instrumental work were from John Milton’s paraphrase of Psalm 55: ‘Oh Lord, had I the wings of a dove’. They were indeed most fitting for the familiar musical lines and the amazing skill of composer, arranger and singers left the audience in awe.

This work was an excellent example to represent the whole concert. Each member of the vocal ensemble was proficient as a soloist and together they formed a formidable group. Their tone, projection, expressive intuition and empathy for the needs of the works they sang made this a rare event. The works often astutely and sensitively arranged by Ian included motets and chorales by Bach and songs by Schemelli. Interspersed between the vocal numbers were short delights played on a prized century old piano by Ian including a two-part invention, preludes and number seven of  ‘The Goldberg Variations’. Ian’s informed enthusiasm brought the whole concert alive for not only did he perform with real musical spirit and awareness and gave us a fascinating commentary, he set himself astounding challenges, filling in a part that was missing after the singer had had to retire through ill health and playing his interpretation of the great Chaconne in D minor using his right hand only.  Amazing!

This was indeed a highly uplifting and inspired concert and if you ever notice that Ian is presenting an event in the future you are advised to book your tickets early for we are very fortunate to have such a talented genius and his exquisite choir in our midst.

Review of The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert featuring conductor Charles Dutoit and ‘cello soloist Gautier Capuçon in the Cambridge Corn Exchange on the first of April 2016

April 2, 2016

review Camb cellist Capucon, Gautier1 16This ‘Cambridge Live’ first birthday celebration concert can be summarized in two words: ‘positively exquisite’. Under the baton of favoured conductor, Charles Dutoit, the orchestra shone. Such beautiful resonant sound, such fine precision: – in musicality, rhythm, articulation and emotional intensity is rarely heard. It was no wonder the packed audience was transfixed.

The concert included a vibrant performance of ‘Eugene Onegin: Polonaise’ by Tchaikovsky, a very moving interpretation of Dvořák’s ‘Cello Concerto in B minor op 104’ and a most tasteful, eloquent and potent presentation of the very familiar ‘Symphony No.9, ‘From the New World’’ by Dvořák.

The ‘cello soloist, Gautier Capuçon, was wonderful, playing the concerto with profound passion and unswerving technique. He, the conductor and orchestra played as ‘one’. Every subtle nuance within the varied musical texture was fully explored, developed and clarified by these magnificent performers. The concert ended with the expected rousing applause and frequent curtain calls. You are advised to book early for future events featuring these talented 1 Apr 16 Camb Charles Dutoit June 2010 cmyk (c) Robert Taylor website_0