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Review: Across the Pond, Trianon Music Group, Ipswich Corn Exchange, September 16

PUBLISHED: 10:56 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 25 September 2017

Trianon perform Across the Pond at Ipswich Corn Exchange. Photo: Geoff Rogers

Trianon perform Across the Pond at Ipswich Corn Exchange. Photo: Geoff Rogers

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Celebrating the musical links between England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and America, the evening was a colourful concert of light music, provided by the accomplished musicians of Trianon and their conductor Professor Chris Green.

The first half, representing the Home Nations, started with a short choir piece called The Isle is Full of Noises by Bob Chilcott, based on a few lines from the Tempest. The singers were in fine form and this was a pleasant introduction to proceedings.

Highlights included Plymouth Hoe by John Ansell, a light and playful piece with snippets from other well-known works; and A Sprig of Thyme for choir and orchestra by Trianon president John Rutter.

To represent Ireland, Scotland and Wales further highlights included Bob Chillcot’s arrangement of Londonderry Air for choir and piano, the second movement from Hamilton Harty’s Irish Symphony, Malcolm Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances and Karl Jenkins Cantate Domino and I’ll Make Music.

The second half featured American composers such as Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

The brass section were a credit to themselves, with Fanfare for the Common Man. West Side Story and Hoe Down lively, foot-tapping pieces enjoyed by all.

The evening ended with a rousing rendition of Andrew Burke’s arrangement of South Pacific Medley, to which the audience were invited to sing-along.

This was yet another uplifting and entertaining event from Trianon, who perform all over the county on a regular basis, raising money for local causes. Keep an eye out for them; they are not to be missed.

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