A Cappella Choir and Chamber Orchestra

On Saturday 23rd January, our A Cappella Choir and Chamber Orchestra performed in St Mark's Church. The programme started with A Cappella singing some beautiful anthems: D. Goodenough's 'I Will Sing With the Spirit', S. Abbott's 'See the Streams of Living Waters' and R. Shephard's 'Never Weather Beaten Sail'

Year 13 student Lydia Sargent enthralled the audience with an organ solo, the first movement of 'Concerto for two violins in A minor' by Vivaldi, transcribed by J.S. Bach, which was such a delight to hear. Chamber orchestra showed off their dedication and hard work under Richard Parson's enthusiastic direction with Intermezzo Sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana by P. Mascagni and Concerti Grosso Op. 6 No. III by Handel.

The choral anthem that followed, 'Faire is the Heaven' by Harris, was sung in memoriam to Rory Waters, who had sung with the choir over a number of years and most recently in this piece in the October Evensong. The performance was full of emotion and intent, and was truly spectacular to watch. The glorious 'Hail Gladdening Light' by C. Wood was also very fitting in the wonderful church setting.

The second half of the concert was a rendition of Mozart's Requiem. This was such a dramatic and exciting piece to listen to, and the energy put into the fourteen-movement work was astounding. The many soloists sang fantastically; a big well done to Lydia Sargent, Iona MacDonald, Madeleine Mould, Mary Price, Hannah Bonney, Amy Creese, Rachel Corcoran, Sarah Giles, Rachel Todd, Sarah Beckett, Jennifer Ridley, Emily Tan and Rachel Tooley. It was also a joy to hear the male soloists Iain Milne and Robert Evans, tenor and bass respectively, and the men who joined A Cappella for this work of immense beauty and passion.

The invited orchestra, led by Richard Parsons, played alongside the A Cappella Choir and was composed of music teachers, friends and students who gave up their time to be there and added so much to the evening. Mrs T was also so kind in accompanying the choir during the rehearsals and helping with the many preparations.

The performance simply could not have happened without the phenomenal leadership and outstanding commitment of Mrs Poppleton. This was clearly shown through the high standard of performance at this concert, and it gave us great pleasure to experience it. (Music Prefects Emma Rhind-Tutt and Bryony Swinger)


Created: Thursday, February 11, 2010 | School News Page

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