Culture Editor Hannah Brierley enjoys The Guild Musical Theatre Society's deliciously dark showcase of thrilling musical theatre numbersWritten by hannahbrierley on 23rd March 2018
Review: The University Camerata, Barber Concerts, conducted by James Naylor and Daniel Mahoney
Sophie Uyttenhove takes a moment to absorb and enjoy the University Camerata's beautiful performance
“The harmonies were soundly executed thanks to the range of pitch and dynamics, and of course, the talent of the performers
After a long day, I found myself headed to The Barber Institute to listen the Camerata, without having any particular knowledge about what it entailed. The element of excitement added to my anticipation – it had been a while since I had watched a purely vocal performance, and it was my first here at the university. I wasn’t sure whether I would be bored or find myself fidgeting – I am restless by nature – however I was captivated. The performance itself lasted just the right amount of time. Having a duration of just over an hour, with a five-minute interval in the middle, I was able to truly focus and marvel at the range of styles and vocals within the show. The sound quality of the hall was incredible, and harmonies were soundly executed thanks to the range of pitch and dynamics, and of course, the talent of the performers.
“Ubi Caritas was a charming re-opening of the performance after the interval
My personal favourite piece was Ô Nuit, which was performed at the beginning and also hummed at the interval – because it nostalgically reminded me of one of my childhood films Les Choristes, as it features in the soundtrack. The song is sung by young boys in the film but the choir somehow executed it in such a way that the likeness to the original was uncanny. Another song I thoroughly enjoyed was Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal – the harmonies were exquisite, and the subsequent transition into the humming of Ô Nuit provided a contrast that worked well. Ubi Caritas was a charming re-opening of the performance after the interval, the pieces that followed continued to range in style, with the show concluding powerfully with Sedebit Dominus Rex.
I would definitely recommend, and return to, future concerts at the university. Not only was the entry free, but it was such a nice thing to end my day with – pop along next time if you have a spare moment or need to clear your head!
Article by Sophie Uyttenhove.