Singspirations, a local group, mesmerised the audience with lilting melodies and peppy tunes at a concert in the city on Saturday.
Titled ‘We’ve A Story to Tell’, the event was held in aid of the Indian Evangelical Mission, which works with underprivileged children in Orissa.
With a mix of light and devotional numbers in Tamil, English, French and even the Chibemba language of Zambia (for the catchy ‘Bonse Aba’ folk song), the concert kept the mood spiritual from the very beginning.
The mixed choir’s 70 singers were directed by musician and composer Jonath Backia Seelan.
Singspirations started the evening (divided into five sections) with the titular hymn ‘We’ve A Story To Tell’, a joyful hymn arranged by Cindy Berry. This was followed by ‘Amen! Tell It On The Mountain’ and ‘River in Judea’, interspersed with the Tamil spiritual harmonies ‘Deva Senai Vaanam Meethu’ and ‘Ullathil Avarpaal’.
In the second section, ‘Bonse Aba’ lightened the mood with the staccato rendition helped along by deft drumming. Tamil numbers ‘Pottruvomae, Pottruvomae’, ‘Maangal Neerodai Vaanchithu’ and ‘Nanmai Pettranuthinam Vaazhga’ (all arranged by Mr. Backia Seelan).
The 1905 Gospel hymn ‘His Eye is On the Sparrow’, (written by Civilia D. Martin and composed by Charles H. Gabriel) was the highlight of the third section, as soloist Ebenezer Arunkumar sang the inspirational song with the right mix of expertise and sensitivity.
Hannah and Latina rendered the French duet ‘Baccarolle,’ by the composer Jacques Offenbach. The fourth section had many secular songs, along with the anthem version of the rhyme ‘This Ol’ Man’ (composed by Greg Giplin). The fifth and final section of the concert was purely classical, with a solo by Mr. Arunkumar, who sang Rossini’s ‘Cujus animam’.
The singers saved their best for the last with their performance of three songs from the oratorio ‘Elijah’ by Felix Mendelssohn (‘Behold, God The Lord’, ‘He, Watching Over Israel,’ and ‘Thanks Be To God’). Immanuel Thiyakeswaran (piano), Pradeep Franklin (drum pad) and Franklin Victor (bass guitar) provided the musical accompaniment.
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