REVIEW: The highlight was undoubtedly the ‘Laudate Dominum’ in which the sheer beauty of the composition was enhanced by exquisite tone, timing, cohesion, control and balance.

23:09 18 April 2014

Ely Choral Society

Ely Choral Society's Mozart Requiem

Archant

. Review of Ely Choral Society’s performance of the Mozart Requiem in Ely Cathedral.

Ely Choral Society filled Ely Cathedral with some powerful music in their concert featuring Mozart’s Requiem.

Conductor Andrew Parnell brought this huge choir, expert orchestra and a fine group of soloists together to create a potent effect in their performance. He had no difficulty in drawing out some very effective contrasts and expression from this massive group of performers and was invariably aware of the musical effect in maintaining a vibrant, energizing pace.

The Ely Festival orchestra, led by Helen Medlock, and Edmund Aldhouse (organ) gave excellent support for this compelling choir and the soloists, Daisy Brown (soprano), Katie Schofield (mezzo soprano), Oliver Johnston (tenor), and Henry Neill (bass) were first rate.

The concert opened with ‘Vesperae Solennes de Confessore’ by Mozart in which the enthusiasm and personal involvement of the singers in the choir immediately became apparent.

The highlight of this work was undoubtedly the ‘Laudate Dominum’ in which the sheer beauty of the composition was enhanced by exquisite tone, timing, cohesion, control and balance.

Mozart’s appealing sense of joy was reflected in the performance of the ‘Requiem’ while at the same time, its moments of reflection, excitement and darkness were coloured magnificently.

Andrew’s astute timing brought this familiar work alive and the sizeable audience were soon caught up in the radiant atmosphere this wonderful performance created.

The next performance to enjoy will be on Saturday July 12 when Ely Choral Society will perform a concert version of Bizet’s Carmen.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Munceys Level Crossing. Fordham, Cambridgeshire

MP Steve Barclay spoke of the possibility of “significant local disruption” if Network Rail presses ahead with closing 19 level crossings in East Cambs.

09:47
Five speeding tickets in 40 minutes during Witchford Road, Ely speed check

Five speeding tickets were issued in just 40 minutes during a speed check on Witchford Road, Ely yesterday.

08:00
Legends of rock to play at Addenbrooke's concert

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is teaming up with musician Mat Bayfield and his girlfriend Kelly Pritchard for an impromptu ‘performance’ on the roof of Addenbrooke’s hospital.

12:29
Alec Wood's Art Reach 2016 entry

A 13-year-old budding artist received a personal letter asking for his artwork to remain in chief constable Alec Wood’s office.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up