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The Piccadilly Sinfonietta - Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta - Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas

Celebrate Christmas with the outstanding musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, by candlelight.

Pachelbel - Canon in D
Bach - Jesu Joy
Corelli – Christmas Concerto
Mozart Piano concerto in C maj, K467
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

When the going gets tough in the run-up to Christmas and you've had about as much seasonal music as you can take, with choirs in every available cathedral, church and hall - listen to the Piccadilly Sinfonietta!  This is the moment to put down your last-minute Christmas shopping, gather your thoughts, and renew your emotional energy.

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most exciting young ensembles and performs a selection of well-loved classics including the seasonal Christmas Concerto by Corelli and Vivaldi’s exquisite Four Seasons. 

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The Piccadilly Sinfonietta - Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas ON TOUR

Our review on The Piccadilly Sinfonietta - Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas

Titanic The Musical - The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester - Tuesday 8th May 2018 by Caroline Salmon

Our Rating

I was really looking forward to seeing how the Titanic was to sink on stage but was also wondering what type of music I would be hearing this evening as it was an entirely new experience for me. MauryYeston’s music and lyricswere perfectly executed by a highly professional cast whose performances just blew me away.

Firstly, the first thing to say is that, no; it is not the story of the film and the characters are based on true people from the ill-fated ship. Beginning with the man whose dream it was to build Titanic, the show opens gently with a beautifully sung ‘In Every Age’ by Mr. Ismay played by Simon Green. The scenes then built up into introducing the first, second and third class passengers before the ship sails away.

The ship is represented on set on two – tiers and the top tier couples as the bridge and deck, whilst the interior areas of the ship such as the first class salon and the boiler room is represented on the main stage. A staircase cleverly enabled characters to climb up and down ‘decks’ and also as the lookout station which added height and movement to create the illusion of being on the ship. I especially enjoyed being involved in the action more than once, as the actors came into the stalls on occasion to make us feel that we were part of the hustle and bustle of boarding, waving the ship off as it embarked on its maiden voyage, and also looking back from the lifeboats as the remaining passengers awaited their fate.

The music reminded me of an opera and was richly harmonised. As a choral singer myself, I found the whole performance an absolute pleasure. The instruments used were purely strings, keyboards and percussion which I found in keeping with the time period of the setting but also complemented the full sound created when the various parts of the chorus sang in the full company numbers. If I had to single out individual vocalists, Niall Sheehy who sang ‘Barrett’s song’, Fleet’s ‘No Moon’ or the intense and desperate trio ‘The Blame’ between the characters Ismay, Andrews and the Captain were fantastic, but in truth, every single performer executed these musical numbers with aprecision and passion which I found particularly moving. The duet between Ida and Isidor, the older couple who decided not to take a lifeboat and stayed on the ship together, lacked the warmth I would have expected between these characters, although it was not the usual actress playing Ida this evening.

Without revealing too much about the end, a truly fitting tribute is paid to the real victims of this disaster and the music sensitively leads us to the end. I felt this lacked clarity when all the cast appeared on stage together but this is really the only thing that could be improved. I had a wonderful night and would highly recommend it.

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