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The Shout at Kings Place

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    THE TIMES: Ten years old this month, but still flush with the sheer cheek of what they do, Orlando Gough s ragbag choir have been blowing out the candles with
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      THE TIMES:

      Ten years old this month, but still flush with the sheer cheek of what
      they do, Orlando Gough's ragbag choir have been blowing out the
      candles with gusto. They took on a whole week of programming at Kings
      Place, capping it with this winningly indulgent night of personal
      celebration. The greatest hits tour, you might have called it, were it
      not impossible for this group to perform anything with a sense of
      reverence: they're far too in the moment.

      Perhaps ragbag choir isn't the best way of describing the Shout, but
      it does sum up two things they represent: choral singing without the
      stuffiness. In place of most choirs' obsession with tweezering the
      blend, their members come from multiple places in the musical map,
      ranging from pop to soul, music theatre to opera. What they all share
      is a brilliant sense of musicianship, combining staggering discipline
      (everything is a cappella, everything is memorised, everything is in
      tune) with an exhilarating willingness to dart off in unexpected
      directions.

      This showcase gave us the best of their versatility. One moment the
      group were absorbed in the febrile heat of Mike Henry's percussive
      Song for a Dark Girl, the next they gathered in a Gaelic threnody,
      Grioghal Cridhe, with Rebecca Askew the pure-voiced soloist. Theatre
      infuses but never smothers their vocalism: in Galeas, a Greek-Ladino
      lament for the enslaved, the group spread out disconsolately,
      breathing out the strains of a slave's labour before two singers gave
      full cry to the melody. But, just when you think it's all gone a bit
      worthy, the Shout gamely bring on a duet sung with the text entirely
      back to front: loopy, but oddly compelling.

      It's touches such as this that remind you that the Shout isn't just
      about sound: when they sing, they do it with an immediacy that almost
      lets you touch a song as well hear it. Here's to ten more years

      http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/live_reviews/article5553754.ece

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