The second Christmas concert given by Collegium Musicum in the magnificent Iglesia de Encarnacion in Marbella was devoted to works by composers from the America’s, most of whose names were unknown to me. So the anticipation of hearing yuletide carols from a different culture, yet in the same language as my own, was heightened. I must say from the outset that the some 100 choristers and musicians rose to the challenge, surpassing yet again the previous perfection of their performance, with a special mention of soloist Christie, who’s voice was like that of an angel!
The evening opened with a fitting orchestral work, the first movement from Dvorak’s 9th. Symphony ‘From the new world,’ which within the first few bars presented a problem for them in that they did not have a Timpanist! So C.M.s President, Delyth Bressington, besides being the musical arranger also became the Percussionist, both electronic and actual. The many carols that followed who’s origin were from both North and South America, included those by Leroy Anderson and Mark Hays and even a Calypso by Jill Gallina. Lastly a ‘sing-along’ of Leroy Anderson compilation of all the carols that we are familiar with.
It was truly a Joyous evening that under the baton of the irrepressible and ebullient Annemarie Philipps, has given the ‘packed house‘ a wonderful evening’s entertainment for which they showed their appreciation with abundance. All the members of both Choir and orchestra should be extremely Proud of their achievements.
Look out for their next concert on 26 May in Fuengirola and 28 May in Marbella.
Collegium Musicum are always looking for new Voices and instrumentalist. So if you have the qualities to join this exceptional group – contact Driekje firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 95277492 696620872