The beautiful tones and harmonies of the Aliquando Chamber Choir lit up Sacred Heart Church on Sunday afternoon for their Music and Afternoon Tea family concert.
The concert opened with Dan Evans singing solo the opening to Piano Man by Billy Joel with the rest of the choir coming on and joining him accompanied by Ian Westley on the keyboard.
They performed a varied programme of songs from pop, film, stage musicals and opera starting with Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffman and including two songs from The King Singers’ repertoire; Lullaby by Billy Joel and You Are The New Day.
Throughout the show, the quality of voices, tone and range shone through and the superb harmonies were cleverly directed and conducted by Musical Director, Anne Evans. Bass, David Banbury showed off his remarkable strong raspy tone in a solo of Deep River. Anne apologised to the audience after dropping her music folder jokingly saying, “Sorry if we stray off the programme. They’ve got to guess what we are doing next!”
Giving the choir a short rest, the audience were treated to a superb solo from Ian Westley on the church organ of Cornet Voluntary by Starling Goodwin (18th century).
The highlights for us were the last two pieces from two films The Mission’s Nella Fantasia when the choir sang in Italian and Working Girl’s Let the River Run where the choir finished on a very high note! The angelic voices filling the church certainly was an afternoon delight.
Afterwards the audience were invited into the church hall to enjoy some delicious home baked cakes and tea.
The choir’s next concert is on 18 November entitled This Shining Light at St Mary’s Church in aid of Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire. Tickets from £20.
More details can be found at www.aliquando.co.uk