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European Choral Classics

25/3/2017

 

Choral group made evening of bright and soaring music

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