Between the Scales

First published in Music News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

Southampton Philharmonic Choir returns to a classic from the archive in their concert at the Guildhall tomorrow night.

One of the finest oratorios ever written, Haydn’s The Creation celebrates the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis, the Book of Psalms and Milton’s Paradise Lost. The story is narrated by three Archangels: Gabriel (Lucy Hall, soprano), Uriel (Nathan Vale, tenor), and Raphael (Nick Warden, bass), with the chorus acting as angels glorifying their maker. Warden and Hall also voice Adam and Eve in Part III.

The choir is joined by its partner orchestra the New London Sinfonia and singers from the Southampton University Philharmonic Choir, and is conducted by David Gibson.

n SULTRY vocalist Zoë Schwarz returns to Southampton Jazz Club at The Cellar by popular demand following her performance with the Baddest Blues Band last year when she was brought back for two encores.

Her new band, Blue Commotion, still features Rob Koral on guitar and Paul Robinson on drums, but is now also graced with Gareth Williams on keyboard and Steve Thompson on bass.

The quintet retain a jazz sensibility and explore the blues classics.

They are touring to support their new CD, Blue Commotion, featuring songs made famous by Billie Holiday, Ray Charles and Buddy Johnson as well as more conventional blues fare from Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Leroy Carr.

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