Sir Willard White at Chichester Cathedral

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Sometimes it is only the morning after a concert that it becomes clear which performance has made the most impact.

After Sir Willard White’s Chichester Festivities recital, his Deep River proved to be the one resonating most irresistibly in my mind – a reflection of the Jamaican’s identification with it. How well it suited his deep, rich, characterful bass-baritone in the arrangement Carl Davis made especially for him.

Yet so much else in a wide-ranging programme was rewarding too, from songs by Schumann and Brahms to musical-theatre hits. And then there was the charm of his spoken introductions. Before singing Quilter’s setting of Feste’s Come Away, Death from Twelfth Night, for example, Sir Willard said the character was a self-dramatising attention-seeker – and acted out that interpretation.