At our Spring Concert we performed works by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart to a full capacity audience at a new venue, The King's Church in Amersham. This is a very modern building which has excellent facilities for both choir and audience and provided a good backdrop for a very successful concert.

The Vivaldi Gloria is a joyful hymn of praise divided into movements which range from festive brilliance to profound sadness. The choir perfectly captured the different moods of the work with strong choral singing, supported by the excellent orchestra and, notably, tender, lovely countermelodies played variously by the violin and the oboe.

The Magnificat is one of Bach's best loved choral works, full of rousing choruses and beautiful melodies. The choir achieved the sense of exultation which runs throughout the Magnificat and conveyed the sense of modesty and awe as the audience experienced Bach's sublime setting of these joyous words. The choruses are interspersed with some wonderful solo pieces which were sung beautifully by Fflur Wyn (1st soprano), Nazan Fikret (2nd soprano) Rosemary Clifford (Mezzo Soprano), Alex Haigh (Tenor) and Ben Rowarth (Baritone).

Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and an exhilarating performance by Fflur Wyn of Mozart's Exsultate completed this well balanced and very enjoyable evening of music.
Our next concert on Saturday 16th June at St Paul's Church Chipperfield will include Rutter's Requiem and songs and music to commemorate the end of the First World War.

John Morrish