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Market Harborough Choral Society

Registered Charity: 105716 Founded: 1967

Reviews 2016/17 Season

European Choral Classics


The Market Harborough Choral Society's latest concert was held in the modern Methodist Church, but one felt it should have been in a beautiful centuries old cathedral with soaring roofs and towers to match the beautiful soaring voices they produced.


The programme was of choral classics from Europe's best composers, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Faure and Frank (the concert closed with his well-loved Panis Angelicus). Mozart's Ave Verum was sung and young guest choristers from Leicester Cathedral added their clear high voices to Allegri's famous Misereri. The top notes were spine-tingling!


We even had some Rachmaninov, sung in Russian with help from Oksana King, the Russian-born accompanist to the MHCS. Purcell was represented, and why not? After all we are still in Europe!


Ivan Linford played two organ solos, including the lively Sortie in B Flat by Lefebure-Wely. Other soloists included Clare Davies, whose creamy alto voice was backed by great cello playing from Lachlan Lindsay and Christine Hodgson on the piano.


For those who may have thought this programme would be too highbrow, I can only say that it was absolutely gorgeous. It is so nice to see musical director Anselm Kersten back in charge of his choir, the pride of the town.

by Vivien Window



A Feast of British Choral Music



When Anselm Kirsten, the musical director of Market Harborough Choral Society, was badly hurt in an accident on the first evening of rehearsals for this concert, the 60 strong choir must have wondered what lay ahead. However word was spread and such is the prestige of the society, seven or eight offers came in from MDs in the musical community in the area. This concert was ably led by the very experienced Peter Marshall, who has acted as their MD in the past.


The concert consisted of British Choral Music and featured John Rutter’s popular “Requiem”. The first half of the concert was a bag of allsorts. Zadok the Priest by Handel, began the evening.  Familiar? It has been played at every coronation since 1727. There was music from Elgar, Vaughan Williams. Parry, Britten and William Tippett, who adapted some unexpected, lush negro spirituals. Organist Ivan Linford and pianist Oksana King played solos. Oksana makes her piano positively talk and was rewarded with resounding applause.


Rutter’s Requiem is beautiful and optimistic, so is often played at memorial services in the US, since 9/11. The singers, and 7 instrumentalists, really did it justice. Soloist Pauline Rainey’s “Pie Jesu” was unforgettable. All soloists were drawn from the MHC .


We wish Anselm well and hope he returns to “his” society soon. Don’t worry, though. It was in safe hands and presented a concert of the usual high quality.


We had a superb evening’s entertainment.

by Vivien Window