The first Kyrie burst forth from the choir and I knew this was going to be a very good rendition of the Coronation Mass. Judging from the audience response at the end, they agreed. The soloists blended beautifully and the choir sang with energy.
Rebecca Ryan again showed why the south is privileged to have her here with an effortless rendition of Mozart's Alleluia (I only heard her breathe once, and I was only 2 steps away!) and together with the choir sang Adam's O Holy Night, soaring above us at 'O night divine'.
The Concertino sang Salve Regina, and we could have done with another practice or two to be honest.
Afterwards, we sadly farwelled from the choir ranks long-serving member Isobel Walsh. Isobel has been a rock for the soprano section and with her perfect pitch, has kept us all in line!
And now we look forward to 2011. Stay tuned for details of concerts to come!
Only one week until our concert on the 28th. The choir has been rehearsing well and will be joined on Monday night by Rebecca Ryan for a run through with all soloists present. The Concertino are enjoying David Childs' 'Salve Regina', which is well-suited to the smaller group.
See you on the 28th, 7pm, First Church!!
The choir is looking forward to our final concert for the year, featuring Mozart's 'Coronation Mass' which many have sung before. As well as guest artist Rebecca Ryan who will sing the soprano solos, three choir members - Juliana Baxter, Clive Thompson and Michael Buick - will take the alto, tenor and bass solos respectively.
One of the great things our choir is that members with the ability and desire are frequently offered opportunities to perform - solos, duets and small group singing with the relatively newly-created A Capella Concertino. (Authors note: That's my name they picked for the group - I suggested it because in baroque music the concertino was a small group of players from within the full orchestra who played the more virtuoso pieces in the score).
This concert will also feature some Christmas music and no doubt there will be an opportunity for our audience to join in with some traditional carols.
I'm a soprano :)