The intrepid audience members who defied Storm Ali to attend the first concert in the Strathearn Music Society’s 2018/19 season last Wednesday will not have been disappointed. Scozzesi – tenors Roger Paterson and Matthew Kimble along with baritones Jonathan Kennedy and Colin Murray have been described as the poshest boy band you are likely to see. Accompanied by MichaƂ Gajzler on piano, they entertained with energy, enthusiasm, passion and humour, not to mention some very good singing indeed. 

The evening started in style with an invigorating rendition of the Soldiers’ Chorus from Gounod’s Faust, followed by a whistle-stop tour of some of the operatic greats. Particular highlights included Bizet’s ever-popular Pearl Fishers duet, music from Donizetti and Puccini as well as a convincingly characterised performance of ‘La donna è mobile’ from Roger Paterson. Along with the passion there was also humour with Offenbach’s Bold Gendarmes duet and the Pirate King’s song from Pirates of Penzance. 

The second half took us into the world of musical theatre from the rousing ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ to the humour of ‘There is nothing like a dame’ and an inventive and evocative arrangement of ‘The Piper o Dundee’. We also heard from Lennon and McCartney (‘When I’m sixty-four’) and, having closed the first half with ’Nessun Dorma’ , the singers finished the evening with a beautifully phrased arrangement of ‘Some enchanted evening’. An enchanted evening is what it certainly was – the warmth and good humour of the performers the perfect counteract to the wind and rain outside – and the audience left smiling, and more than likely humming a few good tunes.

The next concert on Wednesday 3rd October will be world-class musicians Raphael Wallfisch, cello, and John York, piano, with works by Schubert, Brahms and Franck.

Jennie Turnbull