It certainly did – despite the media hype publicising a terrorist plot (that turned out to be a hoax) and the police cordoning off the streets surrounding Oxford Circus earlier that evening. The show went on regardless!

Some of the audience comments included:

“Simply stunning!”

“Very moved to hear the Bainton songs for the first time”

“Performers were excellent”

“Great variety of composers and works and excellent musicians”

“The Carl Vine work was brilliant!”

And what a show it was. Support for CAM’s inaugural concert Music of Oz in the heart of London was terrific and we were honoured by the presence of our patron Piers Lane and the numerous musicians and music lovers in our audience.

As part of this fascinating evening of Music of Oz, Coral Lancaster delivered a stunning rendition of Carl Vine’s Inner World staged in blackout with only a spotlight on her hands; Madeleine Mitchell perfectly timed the ending in the UK premiere of Robert Burrell’s Becoming for violin solo and recorded butcherbird.

Madeleine Mitchell performs

Madeleine Mitchell performs

And Susan Bickley and Christopher Gillett’s artistry in performing songs by Bainton and Benjamin as they launched their new CD.

You can hear a clip from the special St Cecilia’s Day BBC Radio 3’s In Tune from 22 November with Wendy Hiscocks and and Christopher Gillett performing songs from their new Naxos CD.

Click on this link to hear the podcast from the show which was broadcast live from the Watford Colosseum. Wendy and Christopher are on from 1:17:00.

My thanks to Revolution Arts for the beautifully designed concert programme and ongoing support, to our sound engineer Alastair Goolden, and our administrator Ann Holme.

And looking ahead to 2018…

CAM is currently planning three events in 2018 with the first of these taking place on May 21 in central London. Stay tune for further developments.

A big thank you to the support from the Friends of CAM and I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas!

Wendy Hiscocks, Artistic Director