Out There Music Summer Show – A Reader's ReviewJuly 24th, 2014
On Saturday 12th July, Out There Music staged their annual Summer music concert at St. Alban’s Church in Westbury Park. Today on Bishopston Matters a local resident named Holly Brown shares her positive experience of the show.
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Out There Music was founded by Bristol musician Tom Jones five years ago and one choir of 20 people has since grown into over 200 enthusiastic performers including an orchestra, choir, chamber choir and children’s choir.
On Saturday, OTM once again staged a joyful celebration of music at their annual summer concert and what an opening to a memorable show it was. The World Cup themed concert opened with K’Naan’s Wavin’ Flag – the theme song from the 2010 World Cup – and the choir and children’s choir made their entrance from the back of the church singing and literally waving World Cup themed flags. They made their way onto the stage in time for the first chorus which was an explosion of colour, energy and movement. It was a wonderful beginning which set the tone for the evening and which then led straight into a spine-tingling performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, the opera chorus made famous by The Three Tenors at the 1990 World Cup – Italia 90.
Following on Nessun Dorma, the charismatic young conductor then led all the different groups in a diverse selection of music – from Rossini and Tchaikovsky to songs from West Side Story, Frozen, Emeli Sande and Snow Patrol! Tom Jones is clearly a unique talent, directing the eclectic range of ensembles all himself, from the conductor’s podium to leading the choirs from the piano. Everybody packed into St. Alban’s was clearly moved by the sense of occasion generated by all the groups. The concert culminated with Pharrell William’s Happy with every member squeezed onto the stage for a wonderfully uplifting gospel-like finale. It was a thoroughly entertaining evening for all those involved, audience and performers alike. Certainly not just your average community choir concert, what Tom Jones has created here is surely unique? Such a range of ensembles gathered together as one performing with such joy and commitment – is there anything else quite like this in Bristol?
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