Monday 27th May at 7.30pm
St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington, EH41 4BZ
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Prices: £12 adults, £8 students, £3 school children.
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Our Summer concert this year, The Italian Collection, will feature glorious choral music from the Italian Baroque including:
Gloria in D major (RV589) by Antonio Vivaldi
Stabat Mater by Antonio Caldara
and music by Gabrieli, Banchieri and others.
Handel’s Alexander’s Feast is not a work known to me, or any of the other members of the audience I spoke too last Saturday evening. But what a lively, inspiring and enjoyable evening it proved to be. So thank you to The Garleton Singers and their redoubtable Musical Director Stephen Doughty for introducing it to us.
The work is packed with good tunes, clever orchestration and bravura parts for three soloists. And here was the first surprise of the evening - due to the indisposition of the advertised tenor, the role was taken by Stuart Murray Mitchell with virtually no time to prepare. And what a splendid contribution with such clear diction he made.
Learning from the well written programme notes that the work was conceived as a St Cecilia Ode - concentrating on the ability of music to stir various emotions - thus the subtitle “The Power Of Music” provides the listener with a key to the work.
The choir were in fine and sonorous voice in the excellent acoustic of St Cuthbert’s. The thrilling sound of the sopranos entry in the chorus The list’ning crowd was matched by the tenors and basses on the next line A present deity. And the dynamic range of the choir throughout the evening was impressive. There were occasional problems of the tenors and basses staying in touch with the cracking pace set by the conductor in a couple of choruses, but this didn’t spoil the overall impact of the choir for me.
The stylish soprano soloist, Rebecca Murray, was very affecting and the bass Aaron O’Hare lost no opportunity to impress with the drama of his part, and his interplay with the splendid horns in his air Bacchus, even fair was most engaging. Other notably enjoyable orchestral contributions were pairs of bassoons and flutes, a solo trumpet & kettle drum as well as the beautifully duetting violins in the Concerto Grosso contribution at the commencement of part two.
Finely paced orchestral and chorus numbers never let this engaging work waver and the thrilling choruses closing each half left me wanting more. So thank you all for a great evening’s music making.
Christmas Starts with the Garleton Singers
The concert presented by the Garleton Singers and their director Stephen Doughty had it all: rousing carols, satirical poems, solo works for organ performed ably by their accompanist Caroline Cradock, and of course, polished performances of choral works old and new. The concert started with beautiful stillness: the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City, sung by soprano Katie Hamilton. Thus began a whistle stop tour of festivity, aptly weaved together through explanation and anecdote by the choir’s director. Although slightly caught off by pacing in Today the Virgin by Tavener, they quickly got into their stride. Christmas Day by Holst provided a distinct solo part to each of the different voice types, to which members of the choir rose admirably. The choir were at their most captivating in the slow movement of a lesser-known piece - Christmas Cantata (Sinfonia Sacra) by Daniel Pinkham. Warned prior that the relatively unknown music would “drive the audience from the church” the intricate chromatic suspensions instead drew them in, creating an ethereal atmosphere. But then we were off again, onwards towards The twelve days of Christmas before a joyous O Come all ye Faithful closed the concert. As chairman Peter Parish stated in his programme note, Christmas really did start tonight.