"... a welcome visit to the Society."
"Downside Up", the duo of Corinne Frost, cello and Stephen Warner, double bass and bass guitar, from the English Symphony Orchestra, made a welcome visit to the Society. The change of layout in the Hall alerted the audience to the fact that something different was in store.
The double bass is the Cinderella of solo instruments but Stephen Warner at the November concert made it sing. Equally at home on the guitar and ably accompanied by Corinne Frost on cello, the audience was treated to a programme which ranged from Edward Elgar to Lennon and McCartney.
Space precludes individual mention of all the twenty two pieces played but, among the most memorable classical items were Satie’s "Gymnopedie No. 1", Gounod’s arrangement of Bach’s "Ave Maria", a Haydn Minuet and "The Elephant" and "The Swan" from Saint-Saens’ "Carnival of the Animals".
Of the Showtime numbers "My Favourite Things" by Richard Rogers, "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess" and "Send in the Clowns" by Stephen Sondheim received performances of particular affection."