Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Sergio Mims: Classical Source: Chineke! and Wayne Marshall at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Sergio A. Mims writes:

I've sent you a review of the latest Chineke! Orchestra concert which took place this past Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. I was there and I can without question testify that it was a fantastic concert and pianist Stewart Goodyear was simply brilliant.

Classical Source

Saturday, July 21, 2018 Southbank Centre, London – Queen Elizabeth Hall

Reviewed by Amanda-Jane Doran

There was an exuberant and theatrical vibe at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for Chineke!’s most-recent outing; this time the emphasis was on jazz. The curtain-raiser was Aaron Copland’s Music for the Theater (1924), a zany caper in five movements and here showcasing the outstanding talents of trumpeters Gabriel Dias and Jay Phelps, and the ensemble of eighteen captured the rapidly changing moods of knockabout humour and pathos with precision and swing.


Julian Joseph’s Carry that Sound encompasses the musical language of symphony orchestra, big band and chamber ensemble with impressive writing for strings and an irresistible sax trio. Rushing violins underpin punchy melodies for clarinet and trumpet and the dramatic use of percussion and timpani rolls brings the work to a dramatic close. Chineke! performed with enormous verve and energy; and the Weill (Suite from The Threepenny Opera), with its jazz and cabaret references, linked well to what had gone before.

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