SHIPLAKE College Chamber Choir performed this ever-popular requiem, joined by singers from other local choirs including the Shiplake College Community Choir and Shiplake Church Choir.
A chamber choir in a predominantly boys’ school will always be short of sopranos and altos. This problem was easily solved by inviting local guest singers to join them. The organist was Simon Dinsdale, deputy head of Crosfields School in Reading.
Louise Rapple, conductor of Reading-based Tamesis Chamber Choir and who works at the college, held the baton.
She said: “Over the last few years the chamber choir has been lucky enough to be invited by Queen Anne’s School in Caversham to take part in several well-known large-scale choral works, including Vivaldi’s Gloria and Orff’s Carmina Burana. However, the choir has been improving steadily each year since it started six years ago, and this year we felt we would be able to put on a performance by ourselves, with the help of some local singing friends.”
The evening was a great success and the large audience were appreciative of the wonderful performance. The solo parts were all taken by students who had worked very hard and who can be very proud of themselves for the result.