Spring Concert At Coggeshall, 2016

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Jazz Up Spring. St Peter And Vincula Church, Coggeshall with The Joy Ellis Trio. Saturday May 7

Church concert was a truly joyful experience

The jazz trio’s name echoed the mood of this concert, for it was truly joyful experience.

The Wild Mountain Thyme was an example of the new venue’s different acoustics. The church gave a delightfully softer sound to all parts of the choir and clarity to their words.

Stand-in accompanist, Philip Prior, was anything but temporary, in terms of his musicality. His Verdi trills were exquisite and he threw himself into the populist numbers with admirable verve.

Musical director, David Wood, deserves praise not only for his very accessible programme, but also for his conducting skills and arranging talents.

In ‘Trains and ‘Boats and Planes’ he modulated his singer’s voices to great effect. He liaised superbly with his guests too. Their joint encore was a unique gem.

Apropos the Joy Mitchell Trio Trio, their smooth sound made for superb easy listening. From Joy’s seductive voice and effortless piano playing, scatting and seguing with percussionist Adam Osmianski and Ryan Trebilcock on double bass, their contribution to this successful concert made their journey from London much appreciated.

Report by Pat Rudkins, Braintree and Witham Times

Photography by Sue Horsman