This was the 4th concert between these two groups which has become an annual fixture due to the quality and variety of musical sounds they produce.
Apart from their own sections in the concert they combined for 4 items played/sung together. The shared pieces were Cole Porter’s “Night and Day“, the traditional folk song “Blow away the morning dew“, “The way you look tonight” by Jerome Kern and “Goodnight Sweetheart“. The last mentioned was an excellent finale with its prominent bass line clearly relished by all the participants.
Tooti Flooti played pieces by Gilbert and Sullivan, Delibes and Irving Berlin in their 1st section. David Greenhalgh played a piece by Claude Bolling called Sentimentale. Their 2nd section started with a piece by Ricky Lombardo called “Una Siesta Canciones, Folk Loricas and finished with a “Spanish Love Song” by A.P.Pearce and “A Touch of Irish” by P.R.Birkby. All these pieces were beautifully produced and amusingly introduced by David Bailey. The first two in the 2nd section were particularly enjoyable, showing off good music with excellent playing and creating authentic atmosphere.
As is their wont madrigals formed a mainstay of Andantino’s contribution. On this occasion Orlando Gibbons “The Silver Swan”, Thomas Morley’s “April is in my mistress face” and Thomas Weelkes “Sing we at pleasure” were the items selected. After an introduction by the Director, Barry Sugden, which played heavily on the difficulties of the last mentioned, everyone, including the singers, feared the worst. In fact it turned out to be one of the best performances of the evening with Andantino making light of those difficulties.
The ladies of the group entertained us hugely with Little Polly Flinders - a spoof in the style of Mozart by Michael Diack. The 1st half also included Duke Ellington’s “I’m beginning to see the light”, Bob Chilcot’s arrangement of Steal Away, Deep Purple and two Lloyd Webber songs from Joseph - “One More Angel in Heaven” and “Close every Door”. Maurice Rushby, a regular soloist with the Choral Society and a new addition to Andantino’s ranks, sang Jerome Kern’s version of “Old Man River” with power and feeling.
The second half supplied in addition to some of the above “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck, “Autumn Leaves” and “Londonderry Air”. The last of those is often a hackneyed bore but this arrangement - another by Bob Chilcot - gave a totally different feel and was very moving. Brian Milligan was the soloist in “You are my heart’s desire” by Lehar displaying much expression in his rendition.