What’s even better than a beautifully sunny late-Summer Sunday afternoon in Evesham? Well, an organ recital it seems, especially when guest-featuring two Fifth Form sopranos from King’s Worcester!
On Sunday 26th September a packed All Saints’ Church gave a hugely enthusiastic welcome to our Assistant Director of Music Christopher Allsop and Florence P and Riya M. The programme demonstrated the church organ through many musical styles and periods, from the early Baroque through to the 1940s. Amongst those pieces, Florence sang Stanford’s imaginative and expressive Song of Wisdom and Wesley’s Who can express, and Riya joined her for Elgar’s duet from the Light of Life, Doubt not thy Father’s care. A huge thank-you to Evesham and District Concert Club for hosting and organising.
The following Friday, Armonico Consort invited the Chamber Choir to join them for one of their 20th-anniversary concerts at Malvern Theatres. The concert showcased some of the most extravagant and rarely-performed choral masterworks of the Renaissance, all written in at least 40 parts, by Tallis, Striggio and Biber. The singers were joined by a large and varied number of instrumentalists, on strings, wind, drums and keyboards, all making an impressive and multi-layered surround sound.
To round off a busy few days, this Monday the Choir were honoured to take part in the memorial service for Lady Morrison, in Worcester Cathedral. Lady Morrison was a former Governor at King’s and a huge supporter of music at the School and Cathedral. The music was directed by the cathedral’s former organist, Adrian Lucas, and included Mendelssohn’s O for the wings of a dove and Parry’s I was glad, memorably augmented by the trumpets of the Grenadier Guards.
Lady Morrison’s daughters have expressed their gratitude to the chamber choir:
‘We are writing to send you our great thanks for allowing this, and for producing a group of really impressive students. They all looked smart and dignified, and clearly they are excellent musicians, all singing with the utmost enthusiasm and poise. The two anthems were sublime and I hope that the choir enjoyed singing I was Glad, and O For the Wings of a Dove, as much as we all relished listening to them. Please accept our deepest thanks for all your help and hard work in augmenting the service by the presence of the Keyes [Chamber] Choir, we would be very grateful if you would pass on our heartfelt thanks to all your student singers too.’
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