Patricia Hammond – 'Our Lovely Day' reviewPosted on: 09 December 2011 by Anthony Page
It's all getting rather nostalgic, as this mezzo soprano's blast-from-the-past new album takes us back to the hits of yesteryear
We had two friends over for dinner this weekend. As they came up the stairs we were playing a new CD I had been given for review.
By the time they had taken off their coats both of them were smiling and swaying with the music. Nostalgia had struck and they were back with the gramophone – it was 1939 all over again. Who needs Dr Who’s Tardis? Patricia Hammond will take you back there in an instant!
Born in British Columbia, she is a classically trained mezzo soprano. Before settling here she had a spell in Switzerland developing a wide repertoire from Bach to Vivaldi under the baton of Ivan Fisher and Sir Simon Rattle. Her range covers everything from opera to oratorios and choral recitals. She moved to the UK in 2001 to continue with her classical career.
This new CD, entitled ‘Our Lovely Day’, is a departure from that, and features a whole selection of musical favourites from the 1920s through to the 1950s. Plus, as a bonus, there are a couple of songs from the Victorian era too. Anyone over the age of sixty will have their feet tapping and a smile on their faces within seconds of the start.
All those childhood memories will flood back as the old favourites such as Button Up Your Overcoat; Always; We’ll Gather Lilac and Did You Ever See A Dream Walking take hold.
All those treasured moments of variety, pantomime, music halls and family sing-a-longs will come flooding back. With that in mind, it's well worth adding to some older family’s members Christmas stocking this year, not least because it's great fun - and just watch the grand children’s faces as their grandparents burst spontaneously into song!
Nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia... It's a great gift, so give it a try this year – the memories and anecdotes will surely follow, and may lead to some new ones!
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