A Love for All seasons at
Congleton Town on October 10th
was Congleton Choral Society’s first concert with its new
Musical Director Nick Concannon Hodges and it was planned as
‘something completely different’.
After the performance members of the audience were asked to
give their views on the concert and contributed the following:
I liked the variety - choral, instrumental, solo vocal, poetry
- as an introduction to the new director. I
thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Some of the
arrangements were not entirely successful - I think
particularly of 'Summertime' which was overly fussy and
detracted from the original - but others, Linden Lea,
'The Blue Bird' , 'All in the April Evening' , were just
lovely. I loved the Balkan folksongs - a
real innovation - from soloist Lis Murphy, with 'Zajdi, Zajdi'
Re the instrumental soloists, I found The Albinoni trio sonata
was the most successful, the Joplin and the other modern
arrangements less so for this combination of piano, flute and
Poet W.Terry Fox was a delight. He put over
Keat’s Ode to Autumn and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18, in a way
that was almost conversational and which really brought out
the meaning. His own poems were both pithy and wise and I
shall be looking out for some to buy.
It was clear from the expressions on the choir’s faces that
they like Nick and were all responding well to him.
Johnson, previous MD, said that being at the concert and
seeing the choir under another Director was much like seeing
your daughter who you had nurtured for 34 years getting
married. You feel very proud, but a bit sad as well. He added
that the choir sounded well-balanced and confident in some
tricky unaccompanied pieces, and they had obviously put in a
lot of hard work for the concert.