THE Virtuoso Jazz Trio proved to be an extremely popular choice for the special December lunchtime concert at St George’s United Reformed Church in Morpeth.
The regular monthly event is becoming ever more popular and this particular concert saw a packed audience enthusiastically applauding the very talented group.
Led by George Macdonald, former principal clarinet with Royal Northern Sinfonia, and featuring James Birkett, guitar, Tony Abel, bass, and, for this concert only, Bernice Macdonald, vocals, the group performed an hour of jazz standards and favourites with George’s inimitable, entertaining anecdotes adding to the occasion.
From slow laid back songs such as A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square to swinging standards like Benny Goodwin’s Flying Home, the variety and standard of performance could not be faulted.
Gershwin’s Lady be Good with its agile upbeat sound, profiled James’ guitar expertise to perfection, whilst Tony’s solid bass supported the group throughout.
George’s sustained tone and mastery of his instrument lent a quality to the performance which made the event a unique experience and the best attended concert yet.
Mulled wine and shortbread, as well as the usual tea and coffee, were on offer, with donations invited for the Mayor of Morpeth’s charity, Henry Dancer Days.
The sum of £277 was raised and a big thank-you expressed to all who contributed to the total.
Every single penny donated to this charity goes to support young people suffering from osteosarcoma, a very aggressive form of bone cancer.
For more information about the lunchtime concert in February (the King Edward VI School chamber choir and other musicians), visit www.urc-morpeth.org.uk