Friday, March 27, 2009

Frances Hodgkins the musical ...

Well for my money it was a jolly good concert.

I had seen a 'creature' wandering around the auditorium during the dress rehearsal, she looked as though she was on day release from the local funny farm. Being VERY slow on the uptake it did not occur to me that the large floral print dress, red high heel shoes, bright blue tights and fruit-laden hat were part of the performance: of course, it was Rima Te Wiata, as Frances Hodgkins. All was made clear during the second-half as she read a script based on Frances's letters ostensibly to her mother, which was interspersed with orchestral pieces from the pen of Anthony Ritchie.

Our part in the first part of the first half went off without a hitch, we altos came in on the 'Peace ho' bit and saw Marc smiling when he brought in Deborah on the 'Come ho' bit - there'd been some amusement from him during rehearsals - something to do with his Americanised interpretation of Shakespeare. Never mind, I guess you had to be there.

We enjoyed ourselves, and according to my supprtive chums in the audience they did too.

I am now a complete fan of Ralph Vaughan Williams after two concerts in a row featuring his work.

2 comments:

AlanGirvan said...

So now we should do the RVW Sea Symphony. A mighty work. Needs a huge orchestra and a huge choir to be heard over the orchestra.

daharja said...

Hi Alan - I completely agree. How can we possibly do these two smaller works of VW's without tackling his masterpiece?

Time for A Sea Symphony!