With intermittent sunny spells and blue skies, a gentle breeze, and high spirits and smiles which never left us, Breinton's 100th Gala was the most joyful celebratory occasion in every aspect. Handel's romantic comedy Clori, Tirsi e Fileno was light-hearted, funny and charming throughout, while the three singers (Suzanne Fairbairn, Caroline Taylor and Emma Stannard) poured their hearts out with one recesitivo and aria after another, full of poetry and beauty. Despite each singer having different vocal strengths and colours, they united gorgeously in duos and trios.
The singers, in a tailoured costume, were fantastic actors as well, providing the audience with a pleasant visual experience. From an impactful overture, to serene aria, to fiery duet, the period instrument ensemble Bampton Classical Players accompanied and complimented the singers in a most effective manner. The harpsichord, form which Julian Perkins was conducting the ensemble, was a pivotal figure and acted as a smooth lubricant which bound the pieces together and let the story flow gently.