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The Trumpet Shall Sound
Welcome to the Palm Court Light Orchestra’s 29th Season. Our 2015/16 Season reminds me of the British popular pianist Albert Semprini who used to introduce his BBC Radio series with the words "Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones".
Our first concert in October sees the return of Sidney tenor Sunny Shams and Mexican soprano Shadan Saul. These truly wonderful young singers will enchant us with duets from Puccini’s operas, Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific.
With Downton Abbey in its final season we are inspired to celebrate the music of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. In reality it was the hey-day of the musical genre known as “palm court”. It was also the period of that other TV series Upstairs, Downstairs and the film Gosforth Park. Ballads and light opera from the drawing room will be balanced with a sing-a-long from the British Music Hall.
The cornet, an earlier, smaller version of the trumpet, has always been a favourite instrument of mine. It reminds me of childhood memories of listening to brass bands in the park. What in this world is more moving than the hymn Abide with me played on a cornet? In our April concert we have invited Victoria Symphony’s David Michaux to play some of those wonderful tunes along with the virtuoso Carnival of Venice.
The music we all love continues!
What is Palm Court Music?
Palm Court music brings forth images of potted palms, gracious grand hotels and ballroom dancers in elegant evening dress. The Palm Court Light Orchestra typically plays popular light classics from the early 1900s as well as marches, ragtime, and musical gems from the early days of cinema, between the two world wars. It is best described as light-hearted music that sends you home smiling!
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of