Trinity Laban Flute Choir

Ten flautists joined forces in the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich to give us a programme that embraced the traditional (Bach, Bizet and Boehm), the contemporary (a magnificent rendition of Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece Vermont Counterpoint) to the brand new – Georgia Cooke’s Morning After A Fantastic Night Out. Cooke is a member of this brilliant ensemble and led the performance of the piece, which was inspired by the grogginess of waking up after a night on the tiles. It’s awash with harmonic subtlety that captures the sometimes jarring, sometimes trance-like post-blowout state. There’s even a fabulously funny sequence in which the massed flutes explore the chromatic scale fortissimo to represent the polychrome horror of the technicolour yawn. I’ve never heard music before that so honestly captures the morning-after feeling – but who knew hangovers could be so lovely?

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