Saturday, February 28, 2009

lunchtime in Chelmsford Cathedral

Early Spring sunshine, a packed Cathedral, and a "formidable" programme from Forest School's chamber musicians.
After a brisk, up-beat Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, an impressive Haydn Missa Brevis. These remarkable young musicians achieved a pleasing liturgical sound, which occasionally touched the sublime, in particular in the Amen of the Gloria, and the Benedictus from soloist Emma Lewis.
The String Quartet were just off to Chetham's for a national workshop weekend, and shared with us their prepared piece, the Toreador's Prayer by 20th century Spanish composer Turina.
And to finish, a full sound and some promising soloists in the Bach Double Violin Concerto.

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