Finally we had something very upbeat. 'Let it Shine' had everyone moving to the beat - especially the members of the choir. Fantastic sax, rocking trumpet and and insistent beat kept the energy going into an incredibly impressive a cappella section with drums back up, and finally an absolutely overwhelming instrumental and vocal finish. So much sound. So much energy! What an incredible finish!
|Exeter Chamber Choir with Jazz Quintet|
The Parish Church of St Cyr & St Julitta
Newton St Cyres
|Norman Waldron and Tina Guthrie|
(to his immediate left)
sing 'Go Down Moses'
After the interval we heard a piece of music which topped everything! Andrew Daldorph's own composition 'A Mass for Life'. Many people who had heard this on Saturday were back to hear it again.
|Andrew Daldorph - piano|
Chris Gradwell - soprano sax
Chris Gradwell opens with an incredible passage for soprano saxophone. The choir then sing Kyrie Eleison in Latin - and English. "Lord Have Mercy" as we've never heard it before!
'Gloria' on trumpet and drums was something new again, and the choir put a really jumping rhythm into the latin text. As the sound reached it peak, soprano Ann Draisey cut in with "O Jesus Christ, you take away the sins of the world" reaching up to the very highest top notes, before repeating the performance - in Latin! All the time the fierce tungsten light behind her limned her blonde hair in a halo of celestial light - a really magical sight and sound. The big 'Amen' that followed was really phenomenal, with Andrew dragging every last ounce of energy out of the choir.
'Sanctus' featured jazz riffs and groovy links on trumpet. Andrew joined in on piano building the power before the sudden, startlingly abrupt, end.
'Benedictus' was a soft night club style jazz instrumental with the piercing sound of Brian's unmuted trumpet. An amazing sound.
'Agnus Dei' was very very light. That unmuted trumpet came again, but again it broke through in just the right way. Mike had another big bass finish accompanied by a beautiful humming chorus from the choir. Just for a change Brian was allowed to have the last word on his trumpet.
Then came a very very special moment in the proceedings. Anyone who stayed tuned to Phonic FM until 12.30 on Tuesday to hear the end of the extended 'Classical Journey' would have heard the show close with the music of 'Le Jazz' playing Andrew Daldorph's own composition, 'Soarin' High'. Following the Agnus Dei at Newton St Cyres that evening, we heard an amazing live performance of 'Soarin' High' by jazz quintet which was quite breath-taking.
The choir made themselves comfortable on chairs and on the floor while the band played on. Chris opened with his amazing soprano sax solo. Gently restarting over and over again, each time with a soft chord added by Andrew on the piano. Following a series of amazing high runs by Chris the two joined forces in a duet that just got better and better. Then Andrew broke into a piano solo - and was suddenly joined by double bass and drums. After more sublime sax from Chris, Mike finished things of perfectly with a couple of soft, soft harmonics on his double bass.
|Finally a big, BIG number|
Ann Draisey and Sally Daldorph
throw everything into
'Let it Shine!'
(in front, Toby Perrett - drums)