Natasha, Fiona, Gerry, and Howard, the four members of Quattro Amici, accompanied by Joe Richardson on keyboard did us proud in the Roman Circus Centre with their sell-out concert last night when we were treated to two hours of songs chosen to suit all tastes. In particular I loved The Flower Duet (Lakmé), a famous and very familiar piece of music, beautifully sung by soprano Natasha and mezzo-soprano Fiona. And Gerry’s Core ‘ngrato was truly something else – powerfully rendered in his great tenor voice and very moving with it. And then, not to be outdone, there was Bring him home from Les Misérables by our very own Howard, distinctively and sensitively delivered in silky baritone tones. But don’t be misled, there were songs of all types and moods here including even pieces from Abba and the Beatles. And to cap it all, these delights were neatly packaged around an interval where the audience could mix and enjoy nibbles with a glass of wine.
In an impromptu moment near the end of the performance, Howard asked the audience if they thought the quartet should give a concert in the Centre next year since this one seemed to have gone down so well. An enthusiastic yes from the floor gave him his answer and – more to the point – something for us to look forward to in twelve months time!