TRINITY LABAN PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE at St Alfege’s
Trinity Laban Percussion Ensemble recitals are always a blast but I can’t recall one that made such an impression as today’s free lunchtime concert at St Alfege’s in Greenwich. Opening with the world premiere of Red, composed by fellow student Toby Ingram, the 12-strong group directed by Mick Doran took us on an emotional journey that began with quiet beauty and ended in the thunderous strains of Leonard Bernstein at his very best. After the lovely Ingram piece, we were given a delightful composition by Trinity alumna Litha Efthymiou called Egg Soldiers, which was wonderfully played with wooden eggs, metal eggcups and steel egg spoons. This was followed by the mellifluous Splendid Wood for three marimbas which certainly lived up to its name. This year marks the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy and to mark the event ensemble member Connor Chambers arranged Clair De Lune for marimba and vibraphone an performed it with Rory Clark. It was heartbreakingly gorgeous. The finale was a barnstorming medley of Bernstein’s great West Side Story songs rearranged for percussion which the ensemble played not only with virtuosity but with real joy. It was a most uplifting way to end a stunning recital.