The invitation to sing for the General Assembly of the Union Internationale Des Entrepreneurs De Peinture at its Gala Dinner on Friday April 20th provided the choir with the opportunity to showcase its mastery of a wide range musical styles, from music written for George II’s coronation, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, to Elton John’s famous ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ written for Walt Disney’s picture, the Lion King.
En route were pieces by Vivaldi (the Red Priest), Rutter, Mozart, Fanshawe, George Shearing, Victor Young, Faure and Sherwin, the last one (A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square) to a particularly stylish arrangement by Dr Andrew Padmore, the Musical Director of the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir.
The Yorkshire Chamber Choir, drawn from the membership of the 100 strong Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, performed in the grandeur of the newly and beautifully refurbished late Victorian Principal York Hotel.
The performance was masterminded by the Chamber Choir’s Musical Director, Karen Cousins supported by the Choir’s outstanding accompanist and Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, Tom Moore.
Master of Ceremonies was Antony Osborne whose thoughtful and witty introductions to the music amused, entertained and informed the audience.
The 45 minute recital ended with a standing ovation from the audience who clearly enjoyed the performance just as much as did the singers!