The Holbrook Choral Society Summer Concert “From West End to Broadway” proved to be a roaring success as they performed to a large audience in the chapel at the Royal Hospital School on Saturday evening.
The concert was given by Holbrook Choral Society and orchestra with the Chamber Choir and soloists from the Royal Hospital School. The works performed included music from Les Miserables, the Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity and Errol Garners famous tune “Misty” performed by Jessica Hazelton, soprano, with Elizabeth Ponsonby on the saxophone. Elizabeth Leaver and Jack Rickards also performed “All I ask of You” from the Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
William Saunders played an organ arrangement entitled “The Sound of Musicals” by Nicholas Freestone showing off the schools famous organ in a different genre. All of this was interspersed with great opera choruses and arias performed by the Holbrook Choral Society with Teresa Pells, soprano soloist. The large orchestra which had been assembled performed Broadway show stoppers including “That’s Entertainment”, “Cabaret”, “Mame” and “There’s no business like show business.” Towards the end of the concert the audience was treated to “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof and an appropriate rendition of “Singing in the Rain”.
The Concert concluded with an impromptu performance by Peter Crompton of “This is the Moment” from the musical Jekyll and Hyde. It was a fitting, and stunning, ‘Swan song’ at Peter’s last concert as Director of Music at the Royal Hospital School before he retires at the end of this term. Peter, the choirs, orchestra and soloists received a well-deserved standing ovation.