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Review: Singing Futures take on world premier of Ruth the musical

PUBLISHED: 10:37 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:37 13 June 2017

The Singing Futures group, with Joe Knight of the Take Note music shop in Lowestoft who wrote the musical. Picture: John Drinkwater.

The Singing Futures group, with Joe Knight of the Take Note music shop in Lowestoft who wrote the musical. Picture: John Drinkwater.

© J V Drinkwater 2016

Trinity Methodist Church in Lowestoft was the perfect setting for the world premiere of the musical based on the biblical story of 'Ruth'.

Written and composed by the local musician Joseph Knight, someone who is clearly a highly skilled composer in this genre; and particularly for young people. The venue offers a great space with much flexibility and space for the audience to socialise in, which is an important part of the overall experience for all.

There was clearly a great deal of interest in the performance indicated by the large audience no doubt due to the increasing reputation of Singing Futures for both high quality music and innovative programming. Expectation was to be met and almost certainly exceeded.

Songs ranged from the energetic and rhythmically varied and melodically memorable ‘Gleaning’ to strong ballads such as ‘Can You Feel’, with an excellent opening number ‘Out of The land’.

The skilfully crafted music which was challenging whilst also being well suited to the current membership of Singing Futures, showed an awareness of range and technical requirements, being impressively executed, thanks to the very accomplished accompanist Cheryl Scarff and the great enthusiasm, dedication and musical skill of the musical director, Carol Secret.

There was an excellent performance given by ‘Ruth’ and ‘Naomi’ is clearly a talent to look out for in the future; the whole cast displaying commitment and great enjoyment throughout.

MICHAEL TAYLOR

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