Thursday, 15 November 2018

A moving concert

ELEMENTAL visions of land, sea and sky provided the inspiration for this concert. The choir was joined by Henley-based concert

ELEMENTAL visions of land, sea and sky provided the inspiration for this concert. The choir was joined by Henley-based concert pianist Anita D’Attellis and the West Forest Sinfonia in a diverse programme spanning several periods and genres, which was staged in support of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children.

The concert opened with a choral rendition of Elgar’s Sea Pictures song cycle in a new arrangement by Christopher Phelps. This evocative work requires both sensitivity and gusto and the choir’s subtle, tender rendition of In Haven was duly matched by their rousing and dynamic treatment of The Swimmer.

D’Attellis went on to give a superb rendition of three piano pieces, the last of which, Chopin’s Polonaise In A Flat was met with particularly enthusiastic applause.

After the interval, the choir were accompanied by the West Forest Sinfonia in a performance of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. This work, which draws heavily on Gregorian chant, is based on various references to light taken from sacred Latin texts. The choir’s sensitive treatment of this luminous, spiritual music was very moving with the serene O Nata Lux and the hope-giving Veni Sanctus Spiritus standing out as particularly memorable.

Aliquando’s mission is to create good music in support of good causes. This diverse programme demonstrated sensitivity and precision resulting in a polished, professional and very moving performance. Congratulations are due to musical director Anne Evans.

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