ALWAYS one of the most anticipated ‘musical highlights of the year’ on the Costa Del Sol is the Biannual concerts given by Collegium Musicum. The performances held at the Hotel IPV Palace and Spa Beatriz in Fuengirola and the magnificent Iglesia de la Encarnacion in Marbella, were received by a ‘standing room only’ audience with ovations to every one of the 14 pieces played.
The eclectic Christmas programme, with works written over a period of four centuries by composers from many countries including George Frideric Handle whose Harp concerto was to be the major work of the evening. Telemann’s Ein Fest Burg was chosen to open the programme in memory of the 250 anniversary.There were also pieces from Humperdinck whose Weihnachten was performed acapella with only harp accompaniment, even works from the Ukraine, Mexico and France were included.
The amazing professionalism that both Choir and Orchestrape form to, and the musical arrangements that Delyth Bressington achieves belies the fact that they have little control over the mix of instrumentalist that form the Orchestra. Charlotte Nyborg was the solo Harpist whose faultless performance with this most gentle of instruments was made the more difficult for the sheer volume of the Church that she had to fill. As for the ever-ebullient Annemarie Philipps, Musical Director of the Collegium Musicum, one can hear the enthusiasm that she displays and the sound that instrumentalists and choir achieve through the many hours of her mentoring. And finally to the audience, it is quite wonderful to be part of a band of people that get joy out of watching and listening to other people making music, and what better way to show this than by closing the programme with the whole of the audience ‘enthusiastically ‘ giving voice to ten of the most popular carols and a very well deserved standing ovation.
Collegium Musicum are always looking for new voices and instrumentalist. So if you have the qualities to join this exceptional group – contact [email protected] or by phone 696 620 872.