Proms 2009: Prom 8 – 800th Cambridge University Anniversary
“It seems a bit of a bitty programme,” I said to the significant other as I peered over the brochure trying to keep my flour-covered hands away from the pages.
That’s how it looked on the page. I’m a vanilla kind of Prommer. Give me an overture and a concerto with a symphony to finish off for the second half desert. Start cramming in all sorts of little bits and pieces in to both halves and I start screwing up my nose and scratching the back of my legs with my feet.
The Stanford ‘Mag and Nunc’ was gorgeously celebratory but the real eye openers was Jonathan Harvey’s Come, Holy Ghost and Judith Weir brilliantly simple and perfectly executed Ascending into Heaven. Both composers had given the chorus much sought after opportunities to produce different soundscapes. And, given that it was the Cambridge University choirs, the execution of both scores seemed effortless.
Yes, I’ll hold up my hands and say I didn’t stop to listen to the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony. I’ve heard it a few times already and I didn’t feel the need to listen to it live. Maybe I’ll listen to it tomorrow. Right now, I’m wanting more choral music … a lot more.