Wednesday, 18 July 2012

East Devon Choral Society and a host of talented soloists perform Andrew Daldorph's 'Mass for Life' Saint George's Church Tiverton Saturday 14 July

East Devon Choral Society:
Andrew Daldorph's wife Sally Daldorph
is joined in the soprano section
by a new treble voice
Andrew and Sally's son George Daldorph

Time's up!

No more blogging (or broadcasting) from this musical mouse for a few weeks. (There will be a gentle 'Journey' on Tuesday 7th August.) But please do listen in next Tuesday (24th July), to hear Phonic FM's premier locum tenens of the airwaves, Martin Hodge, present a classical music programme of his own. Martin will also play out a recorded interview at 11am - a meeting in Bovey Tracey in early July, between Luch Càise-Dearg and local pianist and composer, Adrienne Hesketh. Hear Adrienne's piano compositions, which are the essence of Devon.

Adrienne will also feature on 'The Mighty Book' (Tuesday 31st July 10-12am), with Gill Hopkins and Abi Marlowe. Composer and children's author, Adrienne will be reading one of her lovely short stories - in her unique style. Down in Bovey, the local schoolchildren can hear their favourite visiting storyteller on the radio - courtesy of Phonic FM.

Right now there is just time to turn our attention once again to Tiverton, and to record the crowning triumph of Martyn Green, Sue North and Andrew Daldorph (and family). As Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Musical Director of the East Devon Choral Society respectively, they brought together a dream team of choral singers, solo vocalists and musicians for an unforgettable evening of sacred and secular music - all with a jazz swing!

More details will follow, but lets remember soprano Kay Octigen's show-stopping 'Miss Otis Regrets', and Andrew Wilson's sublime 'Soarin' High' on soprano sax, accompanied by the composer Andrew Daldorph on piano. Amongst all the inspired music, a unique and very special feature was Mike Thorn's solo double bass number - Fats Waller's 'Honeysuckle Rose'.

There were so many amazing jazz numbers that the mass itself took up only half the programme. Not half! That mass, which gave so much pleasure at its first outing last summer in Beer (and Newton St Cyres), rang out magnificently in the acoustically optimal setting of St George's Church in Tiverton. Such a wonderful choir, so many talented musicians. The beautiful juxtaposition of the Latin mass with its English translation, alternating between the different voices, was further embellished by Andrew Daldorph's imaginative jazz rhythms.

And everyone knew how it was going to end! Andrew Daldorph's thrilling final number, 'Let it Shine', amazed everyone all over again. A performance which left everyone's spirits in the stratosphere!

The full choir

Chairman Martyn Green

Visiting soloist Andrew Wilson
plays alto saxophone

and soprano saxophone

A familiar and very popular sound -
the double bass of Mike Thorn

Drums: Toby Perrett

Trumpet: Corben Lee

muted . . .

. . . and unmuted

An amazing jazz vocalist:
EDCS soprano Kay Octigan

A very special performance:
Andrew Wilson plays 'Soarin' High'
on soprano saxophone

The man who makes it all possible:
composer, conductor, pianist -
Andrew Daldorph
Mike Gluyas recorded the sounds, and Mike Brett was there to make a video of the performance.

Below are some of the wonderful stills from Mike's video.

The man himself - Andrew Daldorph
at the piano

A colourful and charismatic choir
East Devon Choral Society

Surprise soprano soloist
Sofi Burt - 'Gloria!'

This is what we all look forward to . . .
The rousing final song of the Mass
'Let it Shine' - at full volume.
Treble George Daldorph
has inherited his mother's enthusiasm!

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