Review: Mass in Blue

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MASS IN BLUE, SOUTH WILTS GRAMMAR SCHOOL A CAPELLA CHOIR

THIS A Cappella Choir concert was a wonderful example of the musical talent South Wilts has to offer.

Having prepared for months, the members of A Cappella Choir were excited to be able to perform such an engaging and innovative programme.

The audience was eased into the concert by an exquisite performance of Victoria’s Lamentations – Sabbato Sancto. Beautiful lines and purity of sound combined with the stunning setting of St Martin’s Church created a sensitive performance that was appreciated by all.

The ebullient style of “Verbum caro factum est” by Hassler provided an excellent contrast and demonstrated the versatility of the choir.

The chamber orchestra, under the direction of Richard Parsons, was mature in its approach to Grieg’s Two Elegiac Melodies, followed by several movements of Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6. No. 4 – played with vivacity.

To add to the wide repertoire for the evening, A Cappella delivered an elegant performance of Bruckner’s Locus Iste, the atmospheric splendour of the work echoing around the church.

Following this, Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditse Devo was captivating and expressive.

To continue the journey through musical history, Caplet’s O Salutaris Hostia and Skempton’s Adam lay y-bounden were both delivered impressively.

Mass in Blue was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening, serving as a true testament to the virtuosic composer Will Todd and his jazz ensemble, including the wonderfully talented soloist, Bethany Halliday.

Overall it was an incredible evening, and an experience that will be remembered by all.

TEGAN ELDRIDGE

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