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Soiree for MTV St Mary’s Church Choir, Hampton, 6th October

St Mary's Hampton Church Choir

St Marys Parish Church Hampton - 18 October 2018

Soiree for MTV St Mary’s Church Choir, Hampton, 6th October

Journey on Foot

Soiree for MTV

St Mary’s Church Choir, Hampton, 6th October


Review by Mark Aspen


Jazzy cello, folksy cello?  No, no, no most might say, the cello is a classical instrument, middle orchestra but with many beautiful solo pieces:  it has the rich throatiness that makes it so good for, well passion yes, but melancholy certainly.  But yes, yes we can say, and as Amy Gould in her recent Soiree at St Mary’s has deftly shown us, it is a versatile instrument, quick on its feet (foot?) and full of … fun.


At the special concert in support of MTV, a local youth project run by St. Mary’s (not MTV, the teenager’s controversial radical broadcaster), a freshly coiffured William Ormerod introduced (reintroduced for many of the evening’s enthusiastic audience) Amy Gould, an award winning cellist, trained at the Royal Academy of Music, who is well-known locally, and her nimbly adept accompanist, David Harrod.


The pair were to take us musically on an inspired tour around Europe, but with sojourns across the Atlantic, with Gershwin in the USA and to Argentine for Piazzolla’s tangos and more.


Astor Piazzolla, the Argentinian composer, created the “nuevo tango”, whose newness melded jazz and classical music into the tango.  His best-known work is Libertango, expressing an open freedom, which Gould’s spirited playing almost induced some of the audience to dance to its smouldering rhythms.   Equally foot-tapping was Le Grand Tango, one of Piazolla’s later pieces that he dedicated to the famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.  This piece is a musical marriage made in heaven, with the piano providing the staccato tango rhythms and the cello’s huskiness adding the passion.  It is a piece that knows where it is going.


However, Piazzolla is not all about swirling sensuality and fiery dancing, Los Suenos lives up to its name, we are in a land of dreams, somnambulant, softly drifting to the sonorous smooth sounds of the cello.


Then we awake to put on white tie.  Ah, George Gershwin, and we are immediately in a sophisticated world of between the wars high society … and They Can’t Take That Away From Me … can they?


Read Mark Aspen’s full review at www.markaspen.wordpress.com/2018/10/12/soiree


Photography by Pat Stancliffe

Soiree for MTV St Mary’s Church Choir, Hampton,

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