Diamond-encrusted performance by talented young musicians
THE rich musical talent of youngsters associated with Caistor impressed the audience so much they earned a well-deserved standing ovation.
This lunchtime concert at St Peter and St Paul's Church was part of a hive of jubilee weekend activity, under the collective banner Caistor Goes Diamond.
Aged 9 to 18, they thrilled with their instrumental dexterity and vocal prowess whilst presenting an entertaining programme featuring music composed during the Queen's life.
The title piece from the movie Ladies In Lavender, starring two great dames of British theatre, was a superb choice to open the concert and featured violinist Megan Thompson.
Naturally, music has the capacity to induce many emotions and Ailsa Mc Ternan's vocal delivery of I Could Have Danced All Night did precisely that.
She succeeded in reducing Clare Russell, one of the driving forces behind the concert, to tears of pride.
Meanwhile, there was a sense of wonderment when 11-year-old Alexander Sedman took to the piano and amazed us with his performance of two atmospheric compositions.
There have been plenty of reminders, in recent days, of the Queen dedicating her entire life to our service.
So, even though composed shortly before her birth, Holt's Jupiter was an excusable inclusion, given the lyrics "I Vow to Thee, My Country" and cellist Elicia Palmer's sensitive interpretation ensured the sentiments resonated.
Amongst those also taking part were violinists Daniel and Caroline Bassett, cellist Gabrielle Laurens and clarinettist James Gillett, who all gave strong solo performances.
An arresting selection of show songs from tenor Jordan Carlton closed the concert, with even a tantalising suggestion of revolution by including Stars from Les Misérables.
Yet, the real stars were those taking part who delivered a diamond-encrusted performance worthy of a jubilee celebration.