Monday, March 01, 2010


Lunchtime Concert at Chelmsford Cathedral


Regular visitors to Chelmsford Cathedral, Forest School brought their Chamber Orchestra this time, in a concert which included some very impressive movements from the Pergolesi Stabat Mater for soprano, alto and strings. The five girls of the Schola Cantorum sang it beautifully, with sympathetic support from the string players.

Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, soloist Elspeth Piggott, was also notable for the accompaniment from the strings.

The concert began with a robust Allegro from the Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, contrasted with some more tender moments in Grieg's Elegiac Melody.

These talented young musicians ended with some of Vivaldi's Concerto for two violins and continuo, finishing with an energetic fugue. What a shame time prevented us from hearing the rest …

The Chamber Orchestra is directed by Susan Sheppard, and the items were introduced by impresario James Sanderson, Forest School's Director of Music.

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