The first 2016 winter/spring lunchtime concert held at St George’s United Reformed Church featured organist Peter Waugh and soprano Jane Corbitt.
The performers provided an interesting contrast — Jane singing mainly popular folk songs and extracts from the shows, with Peter playing classical and more modern compositions.
Jane hails from Cullercoats, and is a long-standing member of Tynemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
She has played leading soprano roles in many Gilbert and Sullivan operas and modern musicals, and she has also appeared as a soloist with the Mid-Northumberland Chorus.
Her programme opened with two north-country folk songs — the Waters Of Tyne and Blow The Wind Southerly.
These two traditional pieces were sung with great feeling, with good tonal quality throughout.
They were very tuneful and Jane was equally at home in both upper and lower registers.
There followed The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music and When I Married Mr Snow, songs from the Sound of Music and Carousel respectively.
These two popular songs were performed with style and skill, and the contrasting moods were well handled.
However, Jane really came into her own with three soprano arias from Gilbert and Sullivan operas — The Sun Who’s Rays Are All Ablaze, from The Mikado, If Someone There Chanced To Be, from Ruddigore, and Poor Wandering One, from The Pirates of Penzance.
She sang with confidence and panache as if she was actually playing the respective parts.
Yum yum was beautiful and reflective, Rose was coquettish, while Mabel told her tale in long and high running passages, which were superbly controlled.
This was Jane’s first recital — it won’t be her last.
She produced a balanced and very musical performance.
Peter is organist and Director of Music at Trinity Church, Gosforth.
He also accompanied the Backworth Male Voice Choir, and served as accompanist to the Mid-Northumberland Chorus for several years.
He opened with Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major by J.S Bach.
This rustled in a competent performance, with clear and precise key work, which is so essential in a work by Bach.
The Fugue, with its recurring theme, was particularly impressive.
Peter continue with two short tuneful pieces by William Lloyd Webber — Trumpet Minuet and Song Without Words.
The former was sweet and gentle and the latter managed to be both reflecting and languid, with the two played with feeling and sensitively.
Peter ended with a light-hearted and joyful tuba tune by C.S Lang, which brought a most enjoyable concert to a fitting finale.
The large and appreciative audience applauded loud and long.