Marian Poole, Piano Teacher and Music Critic.

Topp Twins and Southern Symphonia

Topp Twins‘s excellent comic timing and Godzone pride hit the hit notes with a full house at the Regent theatre this Saturday evening. After 37 years in the entertainment business, they were, they said “privileged” to be able “to tick off their bucket list” the opportunity “to be real musicians turning pages” with the “brilliant big band” (aka the Southern Sinfonia under the direction of Ken Young). Their style as described by themselves was a “fusion between classics and country”.

For their first act, Prue, wearing long black slacks with maroon collarless jacket and mauve hat, and Dilly, wearing a polka jumpsuit and long teal jacket with matching wide-brimmed hat, sang all-by-themselves in those tight harmonies the audience has come to love so well. An interlude from the Southern Sinfonia, Copland‘s “Hoedown” taken at an excellently jaunty tempo, was followed by the appearance of Launa and Mavis in their whites on a sponsorship and members drive from the Mosgiel Bowling Club. They gave several songs, demonstrated their poi skills while jesting with the audience and leading a community yodeling sing-along. Choice!

The Southern Sinfonia then gave a medley from the “Sound of Music” - that erstwhile essential on every music-lover‘s listening diary. Then Camp Mother, wearing s shimmering strapless jumpsuit and Camp Leader, wearing an adorable hair tie and jade wooly cardy over a white knee-length frock, gave a heartfelt tribute to all women, those NZ Icons – “you know who you are”. They then joined the Southern Sinfonia in a spoons and pot-lids concerto arrangement of Rossini‘s William Tell Ouverture. Such virtuosity, excellent timing, attention to detail and gritty stamina will ensure their global success in this their latest artistic venture.

As soloists with Southern Sinfonia and a smaller band they performed “Honkey Tonk Angel”, “Palamino Moon”, “Nga Iwi E” and “World”. Then Ken and Ken” fresh from the rugby, played “Pinto Pony” and “Holy Cow” with the “band” After the band played “D. Vorak‘s Slavonic Dances”, Linda and Jools re-emerged dressed in matching sleek off-the-shoulder sparkling black velvet gowns and diamante studded court shoes to close a side-splittingly hilarious evening with “Untouchable Girls”. Tip-top, runaway national treasures.

Bravo!