Twelfth Night Revels – Review

Star of the show – the Lord of Misrule! 

Review: Twelfth Night Revels

Trianon Symphony Orchestra and Choir

Ipswich Corn Exchange, January 6th 

The tree may be taken down, the decorations stored away and the turkey gone, but all is not over till the Trianon Christmas concert gives us one last shimmer of festive tinsel – literally so on Saturday night with musicians and instrument stands bedecked to celebrate the twelfth night in front of an almost packed hall.

And what a colourful concert it was, cleverly combining in its theme the season of Epiphany with our fellow European countries’ “King’s Day” and other post-Christmas traditions.  This kaleidoscope was the perfect platform under conductor Christopher Green for a variety of contrasting pieces from the choir and orchestra led by Steve Browne to perform separately or together, ranging from a selection of choral wassailing and Bob Chilcott’s innovative composition of The Twelve Days of Christmas (almost a mini-operetta in itself) to Johann Strauss’s Emperor Waltz and Gordon Jacob’s version of the Overture to the Barber of Seville.  In between these and others were moments for the trio of trumpeters to excel with Leroy Anderson’s Buglers’ Holiday and for the percussion section to add their own sound to Sleigh Ride and The Typewriter.

With such a variety of content it is almost impossible to pick out highlights but I especially liked the very moving and melodious Annie Lennox song Into the West from Lord of the Rings and the selection from The Lion King which finished the first half on an uplifting high.

Whatever your choice of music to round off the Christmas period this was a most enjoyable and well-presented concert.

Stuart Reid

See the review in the EADT




Conducted by Emeritus Professor Chris Green OBE

With members of the Ipswich School of Dancing

Sponsored by Associated British Ports (ABP), Ipswich

Banish any post-seasonal blues with an evening of foot-tapping music and maybe some dance as well.

Trianon invites you to celebrate Twelfth Night with them as the musicians explore the way this occasion is enjoyed in many countries, so be prepared to meet Kings and the Lord of Misrule during a musically-packed tour.

Vaughan Williams Wassail Song
John Joubert Torches
Philip Lane Wassail Dances
Herbert Howells Here is the little door
Henry VIII Pastime in good company
Annie Lennox Into the West (Lord of the Rings – Return of the King)
Edvard Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King
Johann Strauss II Kaiser Waltz
Hans Zimmer The Lion King – Selection
Leroy Anderson Buglers’ Holiday
Bob Chilcott The Twelve Days of Christmas
Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson The Typewriter
Gordon Jacob The Barber of Seville goes to the Devil
Stephen Sondheim Into the Woods – Medley
Ferdinand Hérold La Fille Mal Gardée – Clog Dance
Arr Andrew Burke Couch Potato Suite

Tickets from £10.50, concessions from £9.50, students and U16 from £6 (these prices are inclusive of a £1 per ticket booking fee if purchased from Ipswich Entertainments).
Available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre and, telephone 01473 433100, or save the booking fee and book via the Trianon ticket line on 01394 283170 or 07876 787029

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