Singing Eagles join Muscat Singers on Stage

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday’s matinée programme by Muscat Singers and Muscat Brass, “Reverie”, was a concert of two halves. The magnificent Bosch Centre for Performing Arts in Ghala hosted a vocal performance with guests in part one, while Muscat Brass provided a sterling and robust second half of purely instrumental sounds. Muscat Singers is an amateur community choir, welcoming all singers, without an audition, to join. Muscat Brass on the other hand comprises twenty professional players living and teaching in the Sultanate, and combined, they form a force to be reckoned with. The result was an evening of top quality music-making with something for everyone.

A special highlight of this wonderful concert was TAISM’s “Singing Eagles Choir”. Under their director, Andrew Elbin, our students performed an amusing arrangement of Lewis Carroll’s nostalgic nonsense poem, “Jabberwocky”. The Acadian French Folksong, ‘La Violette’ was delightful for its youth and innocence, and as it concluded the adults, dressed all in black, reassembled behind the youngsters. The combined choirs’ performance of Eriks Ešenvalds’, ‘Only in Sleep’ was touching, juxtaposing the childish quality of the elementary voices with the maturity of those behind. Suddenly in Ghana, ‘Two Bobobo Songs’ involved dancing and clapping, two-part singing and white hankies, in a rousing African chant featuring four guest drummers.

Please follow the link to the Oman Observer to access the full review of the concert.