Norwich Baroque

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Sunday 16th Jan 2011 - Norwich Baroque with Jayne May-Sysum

Sunday 16th Jan. 2011
United Reformed Church, Princes Street Norwich.

Soloist : Jayne May-Sysum
Director : Jim O`Toole

Programme :

Featuring our soloist:
Lascia ch`io pianga (from Rinaldo) - Handel
Salve Regina - Handel
In Turbato Mare - Vivaldi

Orchestral items:
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.3 - Corelli
Canon and Gigue - Pachelbel
Concerto a quattro Op.3 no.1 - Hellendaal
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.9 - Handel


A large Sunday afternoon audience greeted Jayne May-Sysum with a cheer. The soprano responded with a performance that had her listeners asking for more.

With well-founded confidence and an open personality, she has the acting ability to underline with facial expression and body language every emotion she sang about. She made her 18th-century music pulsate with life.

Her programme was cleverly designed to display her many talents. In Handel`s Salve Regina she appeared both prayerful and passionate, while in a famous aria from his opera Rinaldo she was a woman in a tragic situation.

As well as providing sympathetic accompaniment, Norwich Baroque, led by Jim O`Toole, stylishly played pachelbel`s Canon and Concerti Grossi by Corelli, Handel and Pieter Hellendaal.

The work of this little-known Dutch composer attracted particular attention because he was for a time organist at St. Margaret`s, King`s Lynn.

Christopher Smith