UEA Choir and Orchestra c
CHRISTOPHER SMITH St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
The trumpeter Leonidas Vlachos brought confident panache and bold tone to the strikingly original scoring of Honegger's King David that gave the wind players and percussionists of the UEA Symphony Orchestra a host of opportunities for scene painting and changing situations.
Conductor Howard Williams had less success in drawing equally convincing interpretations from the other performers under his command.
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Unfortunately neither narrators were quite at ease in these roles. Looking for naturalism and relaxed manner, they could not find the right tone of voice or command events as they unfolded. Little episodes of character acting came across a lot better.
Of the three soloists, the soprano Bibi Heal was the most impressive vocally. But, like Eleanor White and the tenor Andrew O'Brien, she had difficulty getting her words across, though she was singing in English.
- 1 Moment delivery driver walks through shop window
- 2 What can't open in Norfolk on May 17 - and why
- 3 Five rare birds that have been spotted in Norfolk
- 4 Two Norfolk destinations named among most scenic in UK
- 5 Martin Lewis: How to get your hands on £280 if you worked from home
- 6 Man kicked and punched in head by group of attackers
- 7 Hotel owner on directing The Only Way is Essex stars in Norfolk
- 8 Giles Orpen-Smellie elected as police and crime commissioner
- 9 Dinomania tour heading to Norfolk with giant dinosaurs that move
- 10 'It's a blow for the community' - Day centre closes after 43 years
Peter Aston's edition of Monteverdi's Dixit Dominus opened the concert. After a crisp start there were some uneasy moments, and single strings were not quite enough accompaniment.