Inspiration Newcastle – A concert review

1 April 2014

Inspiration Newcastle have received a great review of last Saturday’s concert ‘Show People’ from The Journal.

Review: Inspiration Choir with Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead

With more than 200 singers ranked in seven tiers behind Royal Northern Sinfonia, an Inspiration Choir concert in Hall One is always one of the North East’s special musical sights.

Newcastle-based Inspiration is the largest community choir in our area and they have been perfecting this format for five years.

It was no surprise, therefore, that Show People, a barnstorming performance of some of the greatest hits from the world of musical theatre, was right on the button.

Conducted by musical director Gary Griffiths, this West End/Broadway-fest included the great songs from Phantom, We Will Rock You and Sunset Boulevard, but it was some of the lesser-known gems, such as Falling Slowly (Once) and Astonishing (Little Women), which really caught the ear.

The blend of choir and orchestra was truly memorable on Let The Sunshine In/Aquarius (Hair), a finely staged Tell Me It’s Not True (Blood Brothers) with its four very credible soloists, and the poignant and passionately performed Til I Hear You Sing (Love Never Dies).

The ladies in the choir, in particular, excelled in the well-judged finale medley from Disney’s Lion King, negotiating the Swahili and Zulu words with confidence.

Let’s not forget that all of the singers had committed the whole of their two-hour performance to memory - a most impressive feat by any standards, which the full house was quick to acknowledge.

A large event such as this needs everyone pulling together, so special words for Royal Northern Sinfonia, as comfortable with Matilda as they are with Mendelssohn, BBC presenter and compere Liz Green, and Cliff Lee, the signed song interpreter who always brings special joy to an Inspiration concert.

Rob Barnes