Category: Concert Review

January 22nd, 2018 by Steve Morl

Concert review 18th Dec 2017 – Steve Hubble

 

Well what a to-do? Nearly the Christmas concert that never was. We arrived intending an early start to accommodate the Christmas festivities only to find Mountnessing hall had no power. No one had told the committee or any of us that the hall had a system that cut power on excessive noise. This had been tripped at the last event in the hall. Eventually we found the hall caretaker and all was reset.

Steve Hubble’s concert; very well applauded, much humour and yes from his play list we knew it was Christmas. He stylised his music by introducing his own arrangements of recognised pieces. Expressed opinions were that it was a very good concert. Just a flavour of the music we heard. Gabriel’s Oboe, Grease lightning, the theme from the film – Ice Castles, Switched on Bach, I’ve got you under my skin, A Pans Pipe style rendition of, The lonely shepherd, Tom Jones’s ‘Just help yourself’, The look of Love, A Christmas assortment began with Steve’s favourite, Barry Manilow’s ‘Because its Christmas’, It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Slay Ride’ The Snowman’ Jingle Bell Rock,  Santa Claus is coming to town, Silent night, Winter wonderland. The theme from the Christmas film – Home Alone,  Chris Rea’s, Driving home for Christmas.

Jean and her team provided an assortment of Christmas fare for our enjoyment during a shortened interval this. It was a good evening!

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November 29th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 27th Nov 2017 – Michael Sullivan

 

It was a cold November night perhaps that had an effect on the instrument Michael had with him to play? The adage, ‘Putting all your eggs in one basket’ never seemed more relevant. Perhaps we forget that’s what our artistes do when they sit in front of us with their ‘one’ instrument on which to entertain us for the evening. When things go wrong with the keyboard what do you do in front of that audience who expect to be entertained, but you as the performer are sat at the keyboard of a broken instrument? It was particularly the instruments foot pedals, these latched to the last note played and held the note. For Michael it must have been disastrous for his confidence and ability to entertain, it wasn’t really until the second half of the evening when Michael began to overcome problems with the instrument and his performance recovered.

A flavour of the pieces played included; Anything goes, Sleepy Shores, Liberty Bell, Puppet on a string, The Sound of Music, Buddy Holly pieces, Arrivederci Roma, A Gershwin selection, Tiger Rag, Maple leaf Rag, On the sunny side of the street, She wears red feathers, a TV medley including Cross Roads and Z Cars, and toward the evenings conclusion, MacArthur park.

Michael played a Yamaha Tyros 4 with 2 Yamaha MSR 250 powered speakers plus Ketron midi pedals linked to a Roland SC 33 sound module.

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October 24th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 23rd October 2017 – Rod Pooley

 

The evenings were drawing in, how fast the year is passing. Our guest for the evening was Rod Pooley. He opened with a sense of humour that continued throughout. “It was good to be back in Essex after such a long time… and the only way is??” Of course many replied “ESSEX…” He was, he thought a young man when last he performed for us, there was a bit of friendly banter between him and our booking secretary about how he came to be overlooked for so long and then the concert began with, ‘windmills of your mind’.  Followed by “Charlie Chan”. Between each piece thereafter Rod continued with his humour which never failed to raise a laugh, he was himself the brunt of much of it. We listened to the realistic sound of ‘the big band’, ‘orchestras’ film music and much more. Some titles from the evening were, ‘O Mio Bambino Caro’, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ ‘All I ask of you’ and ‘Home’ by Michael Bublé. The evening was very well received by all with much applause. Rod commented that he hoped he wouldn’t need to wait another 14 years to be asked back again.

 

I am informed that, for those who like to know these things…

The instrument that Rod was using was the TRX Organ system based on Yamaha Tyros 5 with Hammond pedals.

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September 30th, 2017 by Steve Morl

Concert Review 25th September 2017 – Alex Payler

25th September and summer was over, the evenings drawing in and maybe that was why the turnout for our concert by Alex Payler was so disappointingly low. We even delayed the start of the evening hoping for a few more attendees.

Alex provided a captivating performance of live music with varied genres. He performed on his very capable Yamaha. There surely ought to have been content to please all.  The evening opened with a lively rendition of Palladio soon contrasted by the minuet from the L’arlesienne suite by Bizet. As the evening progressed we heard music from film, stage, TV and the classics. Perhaps the style of his music should described as orchestral rather than Hammond, how the listener appreciated  what they listened to would depend on their preference of style but the performance itself was absorbing, rounded and accomplished. At the end of the evening Alex was applauded and an encore requested for which he played Brazil by Ary Barroso

Alex’s instrument was the YAMAHA Electone Stagea ELS-02C. As well as being the first pro-player to import this very special instrument into the UK, he is now one of the leading exponents of this particular model in the world.

Alex’s concert content

 

PART 1 [Approx. Running Time—1:00Hr]

 

  1. Palladio (K. Jenkins)
  2. L’arlesienne Minuet (Bizet)
  3. It Don’t Mean A Thing…(Ellington)  ▼
  4. The Habanera (Bizet)
  5. The ‘Phantom Connection’ (Webber) ▼
  6. Take Five (Brubeck)
  7. Trumpet Tune (J.Clarke/Purcell)  ▼
  8. James Bond Theme (Barry)
  9. Beauty & The Beast (Menken)
  10. E.T. The Flying Theme (J.Williams)
  11. ‘Lament’ / Firedance (Whelan)

 

PART 2 [Approx. Running Time—1:00Hr]

 

  1. Thunderbirds Theme (Gray)
  2. 1492 Conquest of Paradise (Vangelis)
  3. Westside Story Overture (Bernstein) ▼
  4. Hello Dolly (Herman)
  5. Band of Brothers (Kamen)
  6. Libertango (Astor Piazzolla) ▼
  7. Lean On Me (B. Withers)
  8. Aladdin – Arabian Nights/Friend Like Me (Menken)
  9. Bolero (Ravel)

 

  1. ENCORE: Brazil (Ary Barroso)

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