Last Night of the Proms
Queen Elizabeth Hall [QEGS] October 3rd 2010 – 7.30pm
When eight members succumbed to a virus between lunchtime and the time of the performance, things didn’t look too promising for the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir‘s season opening Last Night of the Proms.
However the old adage of “it’ll be alright on the night” prevailed and though reduced in numbers, the choir put on a rousing show for a full house at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School last Sunday.
Chairman Richard Haigh said, “Three words which come to mind are uplifting, inspirational and motivational. The Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland lifted everyone’s spirits and it was onwards and upwards from there!”
He reserved particular praise for the two young soloists Alexander Grove and Christina Jones. “Alexander wowed all the ladies in the audience and choir member Christina was absolutely superb. The duet they sang together was wonderful and when Alexander sang Nessum Dorma the whole place just erupted!”
The Amici Ensemble orchestra were at full strength, mustering 40+ musicians and of course there were the usual ‘last night’ orchestral pieces and vocal contributions, supplemented by a very appreciative flag-waving audience. Conductor Andrew Padmore, also acting as master of ceremonies, injected a good dose of humour and enthusiasm, and this added to the infectious spirit on which everyone present imbibed in good measure.