CHESTERFIELD: Gilbert and Sullivan Society aids air ambulance

Chesterfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society performed its Spring Concert at the United Reformed Church in Chesterfield, under the baton of Musical Director, Andrew Marples, with society accompanist Chris Flint at the piano. A donation from the proceeds of ticket sales for the Spring concert will be made to the Derbyshire Air Ambulance Appeal.

The concert was received enthusiastically by the audience, with the varied programme including selections from the society’s forthcoming Gilbert and Sullivan stage production, The Sorcerer, Franz Lehar’s Gold and Silver Waltz and a medley from Jesus Christ Superstar, in which soloist Andrew Moore excelled in his rendition of “Gethsemane”. Other solo performances were given by Phil Aldred, Phil Bradley, Valerie Crick, Julie Currey, Peter Flint, Judith Hill, Sheila Rothman and David Stokes.

The concert also showed the talents of four young local musicians who took part at the invitation of the society, with all of them receiving enthusiastic applause.

Violinist, Charlotte Hand, named as young performer of the year at the 2012 Chesterfield Music Festival performed solos by Edward Elgar and Monti, and Thomas McFarlane gave a virtuoso rendition of Weber’s Concertino for clarinet. Vocalists Hannah Johnson and Nathan Blood gave sensitive and accomplished performances of their selections, with each of them highlighting songs from Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. All were accompanied by Andrew Marples.

Rehearsals will get underway this month for the society’s 2013 stage production of “The Sorcerer” which will be staged at the Pomegranate Theatre in October. Anyone interested in joining the society should contact membership secretary, Val Crick, on 01246 277669.