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