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Friends of Sidholme Music Room

Shakespeare & Love

By Sheila Clarke Friends of Sidholme Music Room

Monday, 30 April 2018


Friends of Sidholme Music Room Contributor


A musical tribute to William Shakespeare, (23rd April 1564 - 23rd April 1616), by Lorraine Low (soprano) and Dominic Rousseau (baritone), accompanied by Dorothy Worthington (piano).


“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.”           William Shakespeare.


Our beautiful spring Sunday could have been one of Shakespeare’s summer days, for Sidholme music room was bathed in sunbeams and sparkle from the lovely chandeliers, as many eager ears arrived for the afternoon concert.


For Lorraine and Dominic, it was their first performance together and proved to be truly professional; an amazing feat, for Lorraine has a Phd in mathematics and is busy working in medical statistics, whilst Dominic is a medical doctor with a music degree tucked away under his belt too! 


Dorothy Worthington, completely at home on the new grand piano, was as sparkling as the chandeliers, despite a busy and emotional night before when she retired from Sidmouth Choral Society, with their marvellous performance of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ at the parish church.  


The first duet, ‘If Music be the Food of Love,’ by Purcell, was a passionate piece, followed by Vaughan Williams with, ‘It was a Lover and His Lass,’ taken from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It.’ 

Lorraine then performed with great animation four Shakespeare solos composed by Korngold, an Austrian Jew, who went on to become a famous film composer in America, in the days of Errol Flynn. ‘Desdemona’s Song’ and ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ were sentimental love songs, followed by a blustery, ‘Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind,’ and the cheeky, ‘Hey Robin.’


Mozart’s ‘La Ci Darem La Mano’ was a touching duet, contrasting with Lorraine’s beautifully acted solo, ‘I Hate Men,’ by Cole Porter. With a manly step forward, Dominic redressed the balance with five solo pieces from Finzi’s, Let Us Garlands Bring: ‘Come Away Death,’ ‘Who Is Sylvia,’ ‘Fear No More the Heat of the Sun,’ ‘O Mistress Mine,’ and ‘It Was  Lover and His Lass.’  


Lorraine replied with vigour Britten’s interesting solo, ‘Tell Me the Truth About Love.’ Dominic and Lorraine then ended their concert with the popular, and rather touching duet by Rogers, ‘People Will Say We’re In Love.’ 

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