Uxbridge Choral Soc
Designed to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and Olympics year, Uxbridge Choral Societys Last Night of the Proms was a joyous fusion of local and imported talent.
Eighty choir members werejoined by the legendary Scarborough Spa Orchestra in a programme that offered a range of popular classics and more recent compositions.
From the opening bars of the Post Horn Gallop, the audience knew it was in good hands, as the Scarborough Spa Orchestra the last remaining summer season orchestra in the UK started proceedings.
The 10-piece ensemble gave just a taste of its vast repertoire during the evening, including renditions of Eric Coatess The Sleepy Lagoon and Strausss Radetzky March, as well as providing subtle accompaniment to choral and solo numbers and dazzling everyone with its handling of Sir Henry Woods Fantasia of British Sea Songs.
Uxbridge Choral Society welcomes experienced singers, but those too who are less confident.
The accomplished results belie the groups amateur status. Under the direction of conductor Jeff Stewart who demonstrated his talents as solo tenor in La Danza and Nessun Dorma the choir gave full, harmonious voice to pieces as varied as three Elgar part song sand a reworking of the Pat Boone classic, A Wonderful Time Up There.
Organ Scholar at Southwark Cathedral, Jonathan Hope, worked with the choir in Handels Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, and an appropriately spine-tingling Zadok the Priest, in which the choice of St Anselms Church, Hayes as venue came fully into its own, lending fabulous acoustics to an already glorious piece.
Some choir members had a chance to shine individually, with pith-helmeted Robert Hoult making a splendid Modern Major-General (Pirates of Penzance) and Emma Faragher, Pam Snell, Richard Ratcliff and Matthew Bailey picking up the Gilbert and Sullivan baton with Regular Royal Queen from The Gondoliers.
Bringing the first act to a close, choir, organ andorchestra performed Fanfare for a Jubilee, composed by society member Suzanne Munro.
The evenings triumphant, traditional last night finale was enthusiastically supported by a standing, singing, Union Flag-waving crowd.