Concentus performance was uplifting and enthralling

Concentus choir performing in Eastbourne and Seaford with local schoolchildren SUS-160531-095734001

Concentus choir performing in Eastbourne and Seaford with local schoolchildren SUS-160531-095734001

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The Concentus Sings in Summer – Zimbe! concert at the Kings Centre on Saturday was an uplifting, moving experience.

Perfect harmonies were the feature of the classical to contemporary pieces, with the second half devoted to songs of Africa. Talented children from Heron Park Academy and Stafford Junior School blended in splendidly with the top rate Concentus singers under the musical direction of Adrian White.

When You’re Good To Mama, sung superbly by Sharon Jakeman, I Know Him So Well, in which Sharon and Jo Fowler dueted, and We’ve Only Just Begun were exhilarating.

It was, however, slightly ambitious of Concentus to include three medleys, and the afternoon would have been no less enjoyable if it had not stretched to two hours 50 minutes.

Concentus’ hectic 10th anniversary year has seen them sing in a host of different languages. They had to learn the Welsh national anthem when performing at the England v Wales rugby international at Twickenham in May, and here they sang in Italian and Latin plus Xhosa, Akan, Shona, Zulu and Swahili for Zimbe, the spirit of Africa. Adrian and every single member of the choir deserves special praise! They were brilliantly backed by musicians Colin Hughes (keyboard),Trevor Sheldrake (saxophone/clarinet), Keith Goddard (electric bass), Jessica Dann (percussion) and Darrell Morris (drums). It was enthralling! By Tony Flood