A review of BCMCS Choral May 2017 production ‘The Glory of Gershwin’

Paul Cohen BATS

To a packed auditorium and balcony of Bolton’s impressive Victoria Hall, Bolton Symphony Orchestra raised the roof as they delighted the audience with the Glory of

BCMCS with Bolton Symphony OrchestraGershwin – and it truly was glorious.


Led by esteemed conductor Carolyn Baxendale MBE and leader Helen Brackley Jones, the evening commenced with An American in Paris. As the familiar tunes rang out the audience were enthralled as the orchestra sailed effortlessly from one piece to another. Each section performed their part with passion. For those who have never experienced an evening with Bolton Symphony Orchestra I urge you to attend the next concert – you will not be disappointed.

Following this Bolton Catholic Music and Choral Society performed a selection from Bernstein’s West Side Story to perfection. The selection of numbers was just right. Both solo and ensemble pieces were well presented were a perfect compliment to the high calibre composers being celebrated in this concert.

BCMCS pride themselves on the standard of their productions and this performance ensured the standard was maintained.

The presentation of Porgy and Bess was outstanding. Guest performers Njabulo Madlala (Baritone) and Isabelle Peters (Mezzo Soprano) provided stunning portrayals of Porgy and Bess. Complimented by the orchestra the pair sang effortlessly through this classic score and with the ensemble providing choral support we were treated to a top class performance.

A great nights entertainment.

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