South Wilts and Bishop’s Combined Choral Concert

Salisbury Cathedral - 1st May 2010

The Cathedral provided a fine setting for this year's combined choral concert. There was a wonderfully diverse programme spanning nearly 500 years of music from Tallis's anthem If You Love Me, sung with beautifully measured intensity by the Bishop Wordsworth's school choir, to the exuberant Hail Holy Queen from the musical Sister Act, sung with great verve by South Wilts Senior Choir.

The concert opened with Elgar's joyful anthem Give unto the Lord, Chris Fay conducting the combined choirs with quiet authority to produce a rich and uplifting sound. Haydn's Nelson Mass, in the second half, was the major focus of the programme. Originally titled Missa in Angustiis, meaning mass in straitened times, it is a work of great emotional power and was given an exultant performance by the choir under Libby Poppleton's inspiring direction. The singers numbered over two hundred and the impact of so many young voices together, with all their freshness and energy, was thrilling and set off the maturer tones of the four soloists to lovely effect.

We are very grateful to the many people, particularly the orchestral musicians, who give so generously of their time and talent and make possible a concert of this exceptional scale and quality.

Liz Phelps

Created: Friday, May 28, 2010 | School News Page

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