Past Concerts - "The Reluctant Dragon"

Cantorum Choir

Date - Friday 30th April 2010
Event - "The Reluctant Dragon"
Venue - Taplow Court, Taplow, Maidenhead
     

The Reluctant DragonThe choir was invited this year to take part in a St George’s Charity Concert for Thames Hospicecare. The event was held, courtesy of SGI UK, in the magnificent performance hall of Taplow Court, a local historic building. Cantorum chose to offer John Rutter’s “The Reluctant Dragon”, having performed it as part of a summer concert two years ago. It’s a twenty-five minute ‘entertainment’ in which an elderly dragon’s hopes of seeing out his retirement pursuing his love of poetry are shattered when his cave is discovered by the local villagers, and St George is called for. Fortunately, St George, also now in his dotage, is as reluctant to engage in battle as the dragon. With reputations to uphold, however, they agree to a mock fight. The dragon appears to be mortally wounded. But after that a celebratory banquet is held – and the dragon attends!

Elisabeth Toye made a very successful debut as our conductor, demanding precision, energy and fun from the choir in a variety of styles: G&S patter, Wagnerian moments, fifties rock, a hilarious ‘banquet’ fugue (guzzle munch chomp) and the indulgently self-parodying ‘West End musical’ finale. The choir responded with enthusiasm, and the audience showed their The Reluctant Dragonappreciation. Special mention must be made of character soloists Malcolm Stork (the Dragon), David Hazeldine (St George), Marianne Stork (the Boy), Paul Seddon (Villager and Master of Ceremonies) and Eleanor Griffiths (Narrator). We also owe a great vote of thanks to our accompanist, Gillian Salmon.

 
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