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Review: Twelfth Night Revels, Trianon Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Ipswich Corn Exchange, January 6

PUBLISHED: 09:12 09 January 2018

Twelfth Night Revels, Trianon Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Ipswich Corn Exchange, January 6. Photo: Contributed

Twelfth Night Revels, Trianon Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Ipswich Corn Exchange, January 6. Photo: Contributed

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The tree may be taken down, the decorations stored away and the turkey gone, but all is not over till the Trianon Christmas concert gives us one last shimmer of festive tinsel – literally so, on Saturday night with musicians and instrument stands bedecked to celebrate the twelfth night in front of an almost packed hall.

What a colourful concert it was, cleverly combining in its theme the season of Epiphany with our fellow European countries’ King’s Day and other post-Christmas traditions.

This kaleidoscope was the perfect platform under conductor Christopher Green for a variety of contrasting pieces from the choir and orchestra led by Steve Browne to perform separately or together.

These ranged from a selection of choral wassailing and Bob Chilcott’s innovative composition of The Twelve Days of Christmas - almost a mini-operetta in itself - to Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz and Gordon Jacob’s version of the Overture to the Barber of Seville.

In between these and others were moments for the trio of trumpeters to excel with Leroy Anderson’s Buglers’ Holiday and for the percussion section to add their own sound to Sleigh Ride and The Typewriter.

With such a variety of content it is almost impossible to pick out highlights, but I especially liked the very moving and melodious Annie Lennox song Into the West from Lord of the Rings and the selection from The Lion King which finished the first half on an uplifting high.

Whatever your choice of music to round off the Christmas period this was a most enjoyable and well-presented concert.

Stuart Reid


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