The Arcadians - Overture Lionel Monckton
On Monday 24 March, Eric Whitacre, his singers, and a few guests, hit North London's Union Chapel. It was certainly worth catching - and here's why...
Because Eric managed to sell it to us in just 15 seconds:
Because even before the concert started, it sounded brilliant:
Because how many classical concerts have a queue round the block?
Because Eric Whitacre makes the crowd do this:
Because Laura Mvula was there. Conducting. And she was just INCREDIBLE:
Because Ksenija Sidorova and Joby Burgess made Piazzolla cool. And because today's foremost choral composer isn't ashamed to show his dance floor moves:
Because even the rehearsals were arty:
Because Marius Beck's heart-stopping version of Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball made Eric say: "It's the most amazing thing I've ever heard. You've saved this song!"
Because they brought in an Aluminium harp especially:
Because Nine Inch Nails sounded even better when performed by soaring soprano Grace Davidson:
Because even Kraftwerk can be classical when percussionist Joby Burgess is involved:
Because even when Laura Mvula conducted Sing to the Moon, she was this modest:
Because we got to hear this, in full live choral glory: