Earlier this month, local vocal ensemble Octave returned to the GLO Auditorium in Motherwell for their fourth annual charity concert.
The concert did not disappoint in delivering a kaleidoscope of music spanning the last three centuries.
The well-judged programme showcased the immense individual talent within the group, but Octave are at their best when singing as an ensemble and the warm relationship between the singers was clear to the audience.
As the auditorium is ‘in the round’, it offered ample opportunity to engage the audience and the acoustics provided by the domed ceiling were truly stunning.
The talent on show was matched by the inspired and eclectic selection of music presented.
The programme varied from Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to Irving Berlin’s ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ and from Percy French’s ‘Phil the Fluter’s Ball’ to Tom Lehrer’s ‘Poisoning Pigeons in the Park’.
The programme had a fabulous blend of familiar and lesser known pieces and there truly was something to suit everyone’s taste in this evening of aural delights.
Other highlights included an acapella version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables and Monty Python’s ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.
Sections of narration throughout the evening were an informative addition to the evenings.