The Society was treated to a generous recital of enduring G&S and lyric Musical Theatre classics performed by Alexandra Saunders, soprano, accompanied by Andrew Nicklin.
Alexandra's beautiful, bright and pleasing tone effortlessly embraced an extensive repertoire stretching from Mozart to Sondheim. The sonority and sheer musicality of Mozart and Sullivan (separated, remember, by only two generations) contrasted well with the easy-swing of Kern, and contemporary dissonance of Sondheim.
The vocal 'sets' were stylishly varied, with an occasional piano solo :
a John Field Nocturne, and the Prelude to PRINCESS IDA.
In all I listed twenty-seven items, but all sounded equally fresh. It was a substantial achievement of memory and concentration.
I'm always especially grateful for something a little less familiar, so I particularly appreciated ORPHEUS WITH HIS LUTE, one of Sir Arthur's finest Shakespearian settings. Other favourites included finely-judged renderings of 'When he Is here' (Constance THE SORCERER), and 'The hours creep on apace' (Josephine, HMS PINAFORE).
Our sincere thanks go to both performers for providing such a memorable evening of fine music-making, all much-appreciated by an enthusiastic audience.
The new season has been launched with verve and accomplishment.