Summer Concert 2019 Saturday 29 June 7.30pm
United Reformed Church, Coleham Head, Shrewsbury, SY3 7BJ.
Shrewsbury Cantata Choir, conducted by Anthony Coupe, sang a set of hauntingly beautiful songs by Gerald Finzi, based on words by the poet Robert Bridges, together with songs by Edward Elgar and madrigals - and with a drinking song by Henry Purcell for before the interval. We have also invited an exciting young organist, Scott Phillps, to join us to play Elgar's Imperial March. and in the interval we served the new (and very delicious) 'Cantata Cocktail', in both alcoholic and non alcoholic versions. The cocktail was much appreicated.
The idea for a Cantata Cocktail arose from Cantata's performance of Gioacchino Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle last December. Rossini was a famous gourmand and bon viveur and created his own recipe for the 'Rossini cocktail', which the choir served at their December concert and which turns out to have been a not-so-dry run for greater things this June.
This was the first performance directed by Tony Coupe. It was a warm evening and much mopping of brow inbetween 'sets' was required as Tony energetically encouraged even more than the usual degree of enthusiasm from the choir and produced dynamic range and excitement to add to Cantata's high standard of perormance. An audience member commented that she 'rarely saw a choir enjoying itself so much'. This enjoyment continued after the performance when the choir let its hair down to celebrate the end of quite a demanding year. The singing then was as entertaining, though of quite a different genre.