Concert Review: 20th Anniversary Classical Gala - Hampton Court Palace Festival

20th Anniversary Classical Gala
Hampton Court Palace Festival

Clio Gould
Saturday 16th June 2012: With a later start than planned, the concert had a reduced programme so it could finish on time, but it was by no means a disappointment as what was performed was marvellous! Joining the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for this special evening were violinist Clio Gould, operatic tenor James Edwards and Britain’s most exciting soprano Laura Wright.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell were on fine form and their sound was superb in this courtyard venue. Clio Gould executed Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’ with poise and virtuosic quality, making every note meaningful and a delight to listen to.

James Edwards
James Edwards performed two operatic arias, Rigoletto’s ‘La donna e mobile’ and Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’. With their contrasting styles, James had the opportunity to showcase the versatility of his voice and gave a truly enjoyable performance.

Laura Wright gave us two beautiful solos this evening with traditional songs ‘The Last Rose of Summer’ and ‘Danny Boy’. Her flawless tone kept the audience on the edge of their seats and holding onto every word.

Laura Wright
James and Laura joined together with glass in hand for ‘Brindisi’ from Verdi’s Traviata singing with jollity and it was a delight to hear the operatic tone to Laura’s soprano voice after her lyrical solos.
In contrast, the highlight of the evening was a duet between James and Laura of the Balcony Scene from Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’. The two voices complemented each other beautifully and the emotional journey between the two characters during the song was conveyed beautifully.

All in all this was an enjoyable evening with some very talented performers, and a spectacular fireworks display to finish the night off.

Review by Philippa Bellis