ED2021 Music Reviews

Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts – Free (St Mary’s Cathedral)

By | Published on Sunday 8 August 2021

Disney songs with a small audience member twirling spontaneously in the aisle – Kirsten Z Cairns (soprano) and Matthew Brown’s (piano) first public concert since early 2020 was the ‘spoonful of sugar’ we needed. Cairns, an opera singer and producer by profession, excelled in the ballads. Her diction and resonance filled the cathedral and her empathy with recent experiences was heard in ‘Feed The Birds’ and ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’. It brought a lump to the throat! Professional musician Brown radiated good humour and his accomplished playing jollied the upbeat numbers along. He played and sang to welcome us with ‘Be Our Guest’ setting the tone for this light hearted hour of splendid musicianship spiced with fun and a teensy bit of pathos.

St Mary’s Cathedral, various dates and performers until 21 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]