Top Voices will be taking part in a fantastic event called Walk Through the Walls: Canterbury Now and Then.
Once again we were treated on this dreary afternoon to the wonderful Top Voices, directed by Chris Price. The pieces, which had been sorted into wonderfully named categories such as Love and Leaving and Slightly Fantastical, gave us a slightly eclectic but beautifully arranged concert.
Some were soft and lilting, such as the beautiful Lullaby ( Billy Joel), a song about remembrance. The gentle harmonies managed to even bring out the sunshine at one part, which i could stand to say was not a coincidence. Others were uplifting and humorous like the brilliant Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
(Tom Lehrer) which joyfully describes exactly what it says on the tin in an upbeat and jazzy manner.
The pieces were all performed by the group in it’s entirety, excepting two numbers. A joyful ode to the post box entitled Pillar to Post ( Flanders & Swann) and the hauntingly lovely When I Was in My Prime (Michael McGlynn). The latter, a wonderfully sung trio was accompanied by the slightest of drones from the rest of the group, enhancing the sound and adding a layer of depth to the number.
Kudos to Hannah Jacobi, who conducted a couple of the number with ease, and to Sara Wilson, who not only conducted but arranged a few of the numbers, including a glorious rendition of Summertime (Gershwin) which could very easily have slotted into the original musical Porgy and Bess without any trouble at all, and i doubt George or Ira Gershwin would mind at all.
Anyone who didn’t manage to see this amazing choir should try and find time to see them in the future, as you certainly do not want to miss this twice!
Here is a lovely post by our Top Voices Director Chris Price,
St Gregory’s Centre for Music proved to be the ideal venue for today’s lunchtime concert ‘Autumn Leaves’, performed a cappella by Canterbury Christ Church University vocal ensemble Top Voices, and directed by Chris Price. The magnificent stain glass window was also the perfect backdrop to this outstanding group of performers, whose harmonies and energy filled St Greg’s with such a beautiful sound. And an interesting and varied repertoire took the audience on a breathtaking musical journey from the 12th Century with O Virtus Sapientiae by Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) to the 20th Century with Puttin’On The Ritz by Irving Berlin (1926-1988), and culminating in a 21st Century arrangement of an African Celebration by Stephen Hatfield.
I feel each of the 19 songs, all performed with such elegance and poise by each member of the ensemble deserves recognition, however for me there were a few favourites including the Introit O Virtus Sapientiae which opened the concert and created an engaging atmosphere for what was an hour of breathtaking singing. When I was in My Prime by Michael Glynn, was performed by three singers whose tone and tight harmonies made this performance of a traditional song simply enchanting. A rendition of My Grandfather’s Clock was also particularly charming, but an arrangement by Canterbury Christ Church University student Sara Wilson of Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby for four voices stole the show for me, it was charismatic, upbeat and thoroughly entertaining – exceptional!
Lorraine Bruce (1st Year PhD Music Student)
Formed during LaunchFest 2013, Top Voices choir, led by Chris Price, gave their last concert of the year on Wednesday. Having been part of the choir since September, it was moving to see how it had progressed since the first performance – a success in itself given the week we had to prepare!
– Kelly Butler (BMus, Year 3)
– Tansy Agnew, BMus Year 2