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Music in May with the Ardenettes 1

This concert took place on Saturday 11th May, and there follows a review by Duncan Read

It was no matter that the weather outside was very un-Spring like last Saturday, as the Arion’s guests the Ardenettes, brought their own sunshine into St Thomas’ church Barrowford for the Music in May concert. The trio of girls Jade Brett soprano, Jessica Balderstone mezzo and Laura Schofield contralto moved effortlessly from one musical style to another. They did modern covers like Rolling in the Deep by Adele and Run made famous by Leona Lewis on X factor but changed for songs from the shows like Don’t rain on my Parade sung by Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl. In the second half they slipped into classical mode for the lively English madrigal by Thomas Weelkes the Nightingale. At times there was an American swing sound and then an up to the minute pop song, a real fusion of music from different times and genres. There are no taboos with this group, anything goes and the result is fun and likely to appeal to a younger audience. They were sandwiched in both halves by the Arion who contrasted with modern classics such as the beautiful Benedictus from The Armed Man by Carl Jenkins and the traditional love song Fain Would I Change that Note by Vaughan Williams. It is apparent that the Arion excel when they are singing the songs they love and cherish. Choir and guests came together for the traditional folk song Bobby Shafto where the girls took the role of lamenting their lost love. They were thanked by conductor Frank Smith and presented with bouquets of flowers.