Music for a summer's evening
On a perfect English June evening at Holy Trinity Church in the village of Chrishall, set amid the fields, a concert was waiting to take place.
Royston & District Choral Society and Haileybury School musicians treated their audience to a fine selection of works. The audience took their seats and with the summer sun glistening through the church window forming a backdrop to the choir. The scene was set.
The Choral Society started with Three Motets Op 38 – Charles Villiers Stanford, conducted by Musical Director – Andrew O’Brien. The singers of all groups were assured and the pieces were in perfect harmony.
Fabian Tindale-Geere, a student of Haileybury School sang, ‘Amaralli’ by Caccini. His performance was confident, clear and competent. The applause he received was very well deserved.
The Society continued with a selection of songs including ‘Since first I saw her Face’ – Thomas Ford and ‘Lay a Garland’ – Robert Lucas Pearsall. Again the performance was pitch perfect and sharp.
There was a slight change to the piano piece, and another student stepping in to take the place of the original soloist. The music was ‘Prelude in C Sharp Minor’ by Rachmaninoff. A rousing, dramatic and challenging piece played to perfection by Eva Azazoglu.
An interval followed allowing the audience to assimilate the fine works of music that had so far been played and of course, enjoy the refreshments.
The second half gave us an assortment of interesting pieces. ‘Scarborough Fair’ was interspersed by flutist, the third Haileybury student, Emily Jacobs. Later she performed a duet with pianist James Perkins, another brilliant performance. The playing and singing of ‘Londonderry Air’ – Bob Chilcot, was quite poignant as it was dedicated to a sad occasion that had recently happened.
The ‘Northumbrian Folk Song Suite’ – R Prince, was a light hearted display of happiness as was ‘Let’s do it’ – Cole Porter.
The last two songs were; ‘Over the Rainbow’ – Harburg & Arlen and ‘The long day closes – A Sullivan. The latter with all the society and students singing accompanied by pianist Michael Smith. The audience, with much applause, had enjoyed an excellent evening of entertainment.
Footnote: Watching this concert I looked at the performers’ expressions; their faces and movements. Here was a Choral Society that is so full of enthusiasm that this was projected into the hearts of their audience.