"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Singers in Chelmsford Cathedral
Christmas present from the Singers to the City, gift-wrapped in
it certainly was, thanks in large measure to the contribution of
Westminster Brass, who gave us some splendid arrangements of seasonal
favourites, from a medieval Pat-a-Pan to Leroy Anderson's Sleigh
Ride, with party poppers obbligato.
also played magnificent fanfares for Hark The Herald and O Come All
Ye Faithful, in which the audience joined. We were also cajoled into
the much more challenging Rutter arrangement of I Saw Three Ships,
and then Wenceslas and The Twelve Days of Christmas.
brass players, and percussion, were to the fore in the central work –
Rutter's Gloria, with soloist soprano Beverley Lockyer, and beautiful
playing from Jacob Ewens, this year's Organ Scholar. The Singers,
under their new director, James Davy, gave a nuanced, energetic
performance; they shone in three contrasting Peter Warlock carols,
and in the gentle "wild card" – Sund's A Child Is Born,
sung in the original Swedish.
shmaltzy "White Christmas" and "A Merry Christmas"
rounded off an enjoyable evening, innovative and refreshingly varied.
innovation for Christmas 2013, when we're promised Duffy and
Manning's Manchester Carols.