Ceremony of Carols - Dec 2018 Concert Review

Submitted by huw on Tue, 05/09/2023 - 08:07
Performing Britten's Ceremony of Carols

Royston Choral Society put on a festive treat for their Christmas concert.

The evening began with Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Ceremony of Carols’, performed by the ladies of the chorus, starting with the traditional procession. One of Britten’s most appealing and accessible works, the singing throughout was bright, accurate and energetic, particularly impressive in the intricate 3-part canon of ‘This Little Babe’. The audience were treated to some accomplished solos and the choir was accompanied beautifully by harpist Ruth Holden.

The gentlemen returned to the chorus for the second half of the concert, which brought both old favourites and refreshing newer versions of Yuletide staples, including a lovely setting of ‘Rocking’ by one of the chorus members. The choir displayed their sensitivity and precision with some wonderful pianissimo singing in ‘Infant Holy, Infant Lowly’, and raised the roof with a joyful rendition of ‘Ding! Dong! Merrily on high’, an arrangement by Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg which also gave pianist Michael Smith a chance to shine.

Audience members also had a chance to dust off their vocal chords and join in with 3 traditional carols, ensuring everyone went home filled with Christmas spirit.

Elizabeth Tattersall

The pictures from the concert, courtesy of Sue Sanders, can be found here