Reviews: October 4, 2012

The Danensian Choir celebrated their 50th anniversary with a concert at Doncaster Minster.
The Danensian Choir celebrated their 50th anniversary with a concert at Doncaster Minster.

Concert: Danensian Choir, Doncaster Minster

As part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Danensian Choir, 75 members both past and present, including former organists and musical directors, reunited to give a concert in Doncaster Minster to raise funds for the church’s restoration fund. The Doncaster-based choir was founded in 1962 by the renowned local music educationist and broadcaster William “Pip” Appleby and specialises in the performance of English cathedral music and, over the past half-century, has sung in thirty-seven English cathedrals as well as in other prominent foundations including Llandaff Cathedral, Christchurch and St Patrick’s Cathedrals in Dublin, Westminster Abbey, Beverley Minster, Selby Abbey, Bridlington Priory and St George’s Chapel,Windsor Castle. Future bookings include visits to Hereford, Leicester, Portsmouth, Rochester, Salisbury and St Albans Cathedrals, Bath Abbey and York Minster. In the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and the Civic and Elected Mayors of the town together with an audience of around 220 people, the choir offered a varied programme of church music with the major work being Faure’s Requiem. The anthem”Great is the Lord” specially composed for the occasion by former Musical Director and now President of the choir,Vernon Hoyle, had it’s first public performance. The concert brought to a close the Doncaster St Leger Festival and raised the sum of £2,227 for the Minster Restoration Fund.

Paul West, choir chairman

Concert: Toccata Tuesday, Sprotbrough Parish Church
Doncaster Choral Society’s conductor and eminent organist, Dr Simon Lindley, presented the second of four Toccata Tuesday concerts on 14 August in beautiful Sprotbrough Parish Church (Saint Mary the Virgin) – home of one of the most interesting, and historic, instruments in and around the Doncaster area. Last restored by the now defunct Liverpool firm of Rushworth and Dreaper, the Sprotbrough organ is brilliantly sited, free-standing at the Western end of this fine Medieval Church at the historic heart of the village. Its glorious tones ring full and true and the veracity and instant response of its mechanism provide the player with a formidable challenge! A wide-ranging programme encompassed music by Galuppi and Buxtehude from the Baroque period – sonorities that contrasted well with music from nearer our own time, including works by Eric Coates, Scott Joplin and Dr Noel Rawsthorne, whose hilarious and rather cheeky March founded on the tune of Ilkla’ Moor baht ‘at brought the evening to a cheerful conclusion. Other delights included Georgi Mushel’s jazzy Toccata and J C Rinck’s Variations and Fugue on the melody of the British National Anthem. Dr Lindley introduced the music with his customary enthusiasm and commitment. The audience filled the church to capacity and responded warmly to the colourful registration and effective projection of the music. Especially hilarious was Dr Rawsthorne’s Hornpipe Humoresque – a typically humorous encore type piece that treated the famous Sailor’s Hornpipe, Jack the Lad in the style of Bach, Vivaldi, Arne and Widor. Very generously, Dr Rawsthorne – on hearing that his music was to be featured in the programme – had supplied the choral society management with fifty copies of the Hornpipe Humoresque to be sold in support of the Society’s funding endeavour.

Film: The Campaign (15) 
Self-serving congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) has represented North California for four terms and is poised to be re-elected for a fifth stint despite numerous affairs behind the back of his wife. When this brazen promiscuity finally comes to the attention of voters, power broker siblings Glenn (John Lithgow) and Wade (Dan Aykroyd) decide to throw their support behind a rival candidate: eccentric local tour guide Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). Oily campaign manager Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) descends on Hammond to give Marty, his wife Mitzi (Sarah Baker) and their children (Grant Goodman, Kya Haywood) an extreme makeover. As Marty begins to make inroads into Brady’s voting heartland, tension between the rivals intensifies and the back-stabbing escalates out of control.

Film: Untouchable (15)
Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a wealthy aristocrat who suffers terrible injuries in a paragliding accident. He roams his sprawling Parisian mansion in a wheelchair and requires constant care to accomplish everyday tasks. Uncouth ex-con Driss (Omar Sy) applies for a position in Philippe’s household He flirts outrageously with Philippe’s prim secretary, Magalie (Audrey Fleurot), and dares to steal a Faberge egg from the hallway. Attracted to Driss’s complete lack of pity, Philippe hires the most unlikely candidate as his live-in carer. The former jailbird takes up residence in an opulent guest room and quickly clashes with personal assistant Yvonne (Anne Le Ny). Against the odds, Driss forges a tender bond across the class divide, helping Philippe to teach his brattish daughter Elisa (Alba Gaia Kraghede Bellugi) some manners and to re-connect with the outside world.

Film: Paranorman 3D (PG)

“What’s happening?” Grandma (voiced by Elaine Stritch) asks Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as he stares at a zombie tucking into the brains of a hapless female victim on the TV screen. “He’s eating her head,” replies the boy nonchalantly. “He’s going to ruin his dinner,” notes the old dear, one of the earthbound spirits that appear to Norman but remain invisible to the lad’s parents Perry (Jeff Garlin) and Sandra (Leslie Mann), and his sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick). A visit from uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) casts a cloud over the New England town of Blithe Hollow. Norman discovers he has inherited his uncle’s supernatural abilities.