10:03am Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Kentwood Showcase Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Kentwood Show Choir, under the direction of Sheila Harrod, once again graced the Wyvern stage with a programme of delectable diversity.
From the minute Paul Maguire and his superb band struck the first note they and the choir were in harmony, sending a wonderful array of musical sounds across the auditorium.
Sheila Harrod is renowned for her professionalism and this show was no exception. I always know I can sit back to enjoy the music and song, which is performed to the highest standard and with staging, lighting and costume that is interesting but takes nothing away from the music.
As always we were treated to exquisite solos, duets, groups and full choir numbers, with all genre of songs. The Language In Song section made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, even though I couldn’t understand a word sung. It was emotive and magnificent.
The young people in the junior section did their bit beautifully with London Is London, and then joining the main choir at the interval number.
Graham Davidson-Smith performed one of my favourite pieces, The Soliloquy from Carousel. I have seldom heard it sung so well. It is a marathon that takes a great deal of skill, feeling and stamina, all of which Graham achieved.
Sheila and Paul showed just what talent they have with their piano duet.
How wonderful too to see Clary Bean back in the Kentwood family as compere. He joined the choir by singing the opening of the rousing finale, One Day More, after which the audience cheered and some stood.
This was another uplifting, truly inspiring evening from Sheila, Paul and those hard-working ladies, gents and young people that are the Kentwood Show Choir. Well done all of you. – ros hollands
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