Review: BBC Singers, Rye Community Centre, Saturday, July 23

RYE’S Music Well project celebrated its first anniversary with a recital featuring two top singers on Saturday.

Rye Community Centre was filled for an evening of singing from Rebecca Lodge and Ed Goater, both members of the BBC Singers as well as being accomplished soloists in their own right.

Rebecca accompanied Ed in a collection of songs from Samuel Barber, Donizetti, Roger Quilter and Benjamin Britten, ranging from light hearted to heart rending.

The Music Well project, which promotes musical therapy through workshops and performances, is co-ordinated by Liz Butt.

Liz said: “The audience were captivated by their rapport and passion and Ed’s rich tenor voice with Rebecca’s sensitive accompaniment.”

Liz added that the second half of the evening was led by Rebecca, who engaged the audience by teaching a song from scratch in harmony.

“With her magnetic personality she made all aware of the joys of singing in a group,” she said. “Thereby sending the message that music is indeed all about well-being and that all can sing.

“The Music Well is very grateful to these two highly professional artists for supporting them in this way.

“Everyone had a thrilling evening and several people asked to join some of the Music Well’s singing groups.”

The Music Well is setting up a new group ‘Singing for the Petrified’ as well as their regular fortnightly ‘singing for wellbeing’. Anyone interested should contact Liz Butt on 01797 227994 or email enquiries@themusicwell.org.uk.