Across the Pond – Review



Across the Pond celebrated the musical links between England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and the United States of America. Pensure Financial Management Ltd sponsored the concert. The evening was a colourful concert of light music, provided by the accomplished musicians of Trianon and their conductor Professor Chris Green.

The first half, representing the Home Nations, started with a short choir piece called The Isle is Full of Noises by Bob Chilcott, based on a few lines from the Tempest. The singers were in fine form and this was a pleasant introduction to proceedings.


Highlights included Plymouth Hoe by John Ansell, a light and playful piece with snippets from other well-known works, and A Sprig of Thyme for choir and orchestra by Trianon President John Rutter. To represent Ireland Scotland and Wales, further highlights included Bob Chillcot’s arrangement of Londonderry Air for choir and piano; the second movement from Hamilton Harty’s Irish Symphony; Malcolm Arnold Four Scottish Dances, and Karl Jenkins Cantate Domino and I’ll Make Music.

The second half featured American composers such as Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. The brass section were a credit to themselves, with Fanfare for the Common Man. West Side Story and Hoe Down were lively, foot tapping pieces enjoyed by all.

The evening ended with a rousing rendition of Andrew Burke’s arrangement of South Pacific Medley, to which the audience were invited to sing along.

This was yet another uplifting and entertaining event from Trianon, who perform all over the county on a regular basis, raising money for local causes. Keep an eye out for them; they are not to be missed.

Mahesh Raval


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Saturday 16 September 2017, 7.30pm

Ipswich Corn Exchange IP1 1DH

Take a journey with Trianon through the four nations of the United Kingdom, and then hop across to the United States of America for a hoe-down of melodies starting with the celebrated fanfare by Copland as used in his Symphony No 3, and ending with the experiences of US troops in the Pacific during World War II.

Trianon Choir and Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Professor Christopher Green OBE
Leader: Steve Browne
Sponsored by Pensure Financial Management Ltd

C Bob Chilcott (b 1955) The Isle is full of noises (The Tempest)

O John Ansell (1874-1948) Nautical Overture: Plymouth Hoe



C/O John Rutter (b 1945) A sprig of thyme –

(i) The bold grenadier

(ii) Down by the sally gardens

(iii) O can ye sew cushions

(iv) The Keel Row


C  arr. Bob Chilcott Londonderry Air

O Hamilton Harty (1879-1941) The Fair-Day (from An Irish Symphony)


C Karl Jenkins (b 1944)  I’ll make music

C Karl Jenkins  Cantate domino


O Malcolm Arnold(1921-2006)  Scottish Dances

Interval of Twenty Minutes


O Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man

O William Walton (1902-1983) March of the English-speaking peoples

C H.T. Burleigh My Lord what a mornin’ 0

O Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) Greetings to America

C Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) West Side Story – medley

O Aaron Copland Saturday Night Waltz (Rodeo)

O  Aaron Copland Hoe-down (Rodeo)

C Aaron Copland Ching-a-ring-chaw (Old American Songs)

C Trad, arr James Erb Shenandoah

C Trad, arr Daryl Runswick Yankee Doodle

C/O Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960), orchestrated by Andrew Burke  South Pacific- medley

Choir Orchestra

Ticket prices

Tickets from £10.50, concessions from £9.50, students and U16 from £6 (these prices are inclusive of a £1 per ticket booking fee.  £1 less per ticket if purchased directly from Trianon).

Tickets available from

Trianon Ticket Line: 01394 283170 or 07876 787029  Prices are £1 less than above per ticket as there are no booking fees.  All other ticket sources will charge the booking fee.

Ipswich Tourist Information Centre St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Lane, Ipswich IP1 1DP

Ipswich Entertainments Box Office Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1HE or online at, or by telephone on 01473 433100

Link to Ipswich Corn Exchange parking and access information updated 7/9/17 to a better link which shows Elm St Car Park – the nearest to the Corn Exchange

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