Midwinter - Review of December 2019 Concert

Submitted by huw on Tue, 05/09/2023 - 09:07
RCS in performance December 2019

The Royston Choral Society Christmas Concert took place just before Christmas in the St James Academy senior school and lived up to its billing as a traditional Christmas concert of carols and seasonal music.

We commenced the concert with the traditional solo of the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City which was followed by the choir and finally with audience members joining in (as best we could).

We were then treated to three pieces by the choir which were sung with hushed tones that gave the the emotion and reverence required to encapsulate the true meaning of the lyrics.

We were then introduced to the charismatic J50 brass quintet who gave accomplished performances of some more contemporary pieces, including from the world of film scores, adding some variety in between choral pieces.

The audience were thoroughly included in the concert, singing many well known and enjoyed carols throughout.

After an interval of delicious mulled wine and mince pies, the choir treated us some more! Performing pieces from Bob Chilcott and John Rutter which were uplifting and sung with clear diction. It was literally music to my ears!

A further treat from J50 awaited until we came to the traditional final big-sing of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

The concert was a great success and I look forward to being back at Royston church when it is restored to its former glory following the devastating fire in 2018.


More photographs from this concert (courtesy of Sue Sanders) can be seen here.