Rousing end to summer concerts

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Sadly, the last in the annual summer series of afternoon concerts in June took place at St Vigeans Church, by Arbroath, on Sunday.

Performers Layla Brown, soprano, and baritone Duncan Hunter with accompanist Anne-Marie Ives put on a grand finale of operatic arias, duets, arts songs and lieder.

English art songs began the programme with Layla, accompanied by Hem Addison singing Quilter’s ‘Love Philosophy’ and Britten’s setting of folk song, ‘Come Ye Not From Newcastle’. Duncan chose Williams ‘The Vagabond’ and Keel’s gentle swinging ‘Trade Winds’.

Operatic arias followed including Cilea’s ‘Romance de Ariadne’ and a sensitive ‘Porgi Amor’, preceded by the Mozart duet, ‘La Ci Daren La Mano’.

Two Strauss lieder showed Layla’s rich tones and the lyricism was displayed in Duncan’s Italian be canto aria from ‘Don Pasquale’ and ‘Zanga’.

Another Mozart duet followed and Layla’s soaring voice did justice to Dvorak’s ‘Song to the Moon’ and the favourite ‘One Fine Day’.

Duncan’s English choice continued with ‘Butterworth Head’ finishing with Quilter’s rhapsodic ‘Far House of Joy’.

Layla concluded the final concert in the series with Barber and Sibelius.

Helen M. Addison thanked the performers for their magnificent ending to the concert series, and thanked the performers as well as all of those who had helped out.