Review by Jo Cursley
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Christ Crucified wows audiences in Honiton.
Scarcely a week after it’s opening, I attended the community oratorio ‘Christ Crucified’ with music by Andy Hague at the Beehive centre in Honiton.
The Easter Story is of course well known, but the lyrics by Jack Merrall combined various extracts from the Bible very sensitively so that the story was told with both prophecy and narrative combining.
Andy took us through a whole gamut of emotions with the music, which ranged across so many different styles, from madrigal to pop, classical to calypso!
Both chorus and soloists gave a magnificent interpretation of the music. Particular mention must be made of Daniel Loveday as Jesus, who portrayed the whole range of emotions with power and a real sense of drama. His interpretation portrayed both the humanity and the heroism of Jesus as well as the hope and joy of new life and faith through the resurrection.
The liveliness of Peter (Martin Potts), the cynical Thomas, (Ed Aldridge), the weakness of Pilate, (Marc Bennetts) were given contrast by the clear soaring voices of the equally excellent women soloists with Ann Govier as the Prophet and Carole Clarke as Mary.
The narrators, played by Tracey Wakeling and Sue King, were a joy to listen to as they took the story ably to its inevitable conclusion.
The singers were supported by a thirty-pieceorchestra that underscored the drama with both power and precision. While we all know the story of course, there was nothing predictable about its interpretation.
The sensitivity of the passages chosen by Jack Merrall and the complementary emotional music totally engaged the audience throughout.
A CD or DVD is now available of the performance by contacting Andrew Hague on firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01297 552436