Let There Be Music
MICHAEL DRAKE Norwich Theatre Royal
Norwich Theatre Royal
It was lucky thirteenth for Norwich last evening as 50 Royal Air Force musicians reached the end of a nationwide tour of concerts supporting RAF Charitable Trusts.
In an easy listening concert, sponsored by BAE Systems, with a programme of well-known classics, popular tunes from film and TV scores including a number of vocal and instrumental solos, I guess most of the audience could still quote their service “last three” numbers to add to a strong feeling of nostalgia.
And no little atmosphere also, created by the music, notably the Poirot Variants arranged by Christopher Gunning and John Williams' Far and Away - just two pieces with woodwind joining a fine array of brass which leant themselves more easily to this ensemble conducted by Wing Cmdr Stuart Stirling.
Simon Williams, the TV actor, skilfully linked the items, which included some very smooth vocals from Sgt Matthew Little and Emer McParland.
- 1 Pub transformed into 'breathtaking' family home for sale for almost £1m
- 2 Man accidentally downloaded indecent images of children, court hears
- 3 Delays expected with A47 to close in both directions for 15 miles
- 4 Family 'increasingly concerned' about missing Beccles woman
- 5 Man had cocaine hidden in car when stopped by police
- 6 Here are the new Covid travel rules which begin today
- 7 Flood alert on the Broads due to high water levels
- 8 Chef reopens historic Norwich coffee shop with roasts on the menu too
- 9 Norse chief executive quits for personal reasons
- 10 Trains cancelled after lorry crashes into bridge
Big band sounds were impressive, while the Glenn Miller sound from the smaller Squadronaires group was greeted with spontaneous applause.
A classy concert ended appropriately with Abba's Thank You for the Music.