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Sharon Bill Music Tutor & Author

'Music from Two Shores' Ceramic City Choir Concert

The concert of Copeland's 'Old American Songs' and 'Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare' by Sir George Shearing went much better than I could have hoped. Just one Tenor/Bass made the dreaded mistaken entry during a bar's rest in "Ching-a-ring Chaw" - but I don't think anybody in the audience noticed. The strange title to this American Song is intended to replicate the strumming of a banjo and in concert it's surprisingly effective! The Shearing arrangement is really unusual as it's Classic Literature text set to really bluesy/jazzy harmonies.

As a large choir we don't usually sing this sort of thing, but tend to sing more 'classical' choral works for a large body of singers. The Conductor, Anthony Rose, made an excellent choice in choosing this repertoire. The smaller venue of St Andrew's also made an excellent setting for these more informal songs. We often sing at The Victoria Hall, which is magnificent - but rather large and impersonal. I really enjoyed this concert. However, my favourite pieces were "The Seal Lullaby" and "Sleep" by Eric Whitacre. I think they'll be my favourites of all time!