Spring Concert 2016

March 15, 2016

On 13 March over 120 singers and musicians met at St John’s Smith Square for the annual Spring Concert. The orchestra played the fabulous ‘Four Sea Interludes’ by Benjamin Britten from his disturbing opera Peter Grimes. This twentieth-century music requires vast musical forces along with nerves of steel from all the players but it was worth the effort and the final performance was moving and powerful. Paulina Voices opened the concert with three unaccompanied fanfares of Tarik O’Regan’s ‘Alleluia, laus et Gloria’ which requires continuous low singing from the altos. This was followed by two fabulous choral fanfares by our Composer-in-Residence, Bernard Hughes. The rest of the concert sent us into a spiritual realm with the sublime ‘Pergolesi Stabat Mater’, the wonderful ‘Spring’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons finishing with ‘Capriccio Espagnol’ by Rimsky-Korsakov.

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