Choir members rehearsing Brahms' Liebeslieder.
The second half was a hard sing, with Brahms’ twenty-nine ‘Liebeslieder’, to be performed in German! Twenty-nine entrances and exits is hard in anybody’s book and we were very relieved to feel we got it almost perfect. One of the audience, a former choir member, commented, ‘I thought the choir sang really well... the tone was lovely. I was able to hear every word, especially in the Rutter. I have to commend the men in particular for the massive improvement in their phrasing and tone. For me the Brahms was a question of taste but no-one could take away how well the choir sang those pieces. I was very impressed’.
Other audience members said they particularly enjoyed the German, despite some misgivings that people might not like it as much as the Rutter. ‘It was glorious to also be able to read the poetry’ said one of the audience, as the words and translations of all the songs were provided.
So, another triumph for Christopher Cromar, and another night to remember with its beautiful sound and terrific piano duettists. People are saying that the Choir is just getting better and better, which makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Our next concert, ‘Pomp and Pageantry’, is a celebration for the Diamond Jubilee, at St Mary’s Church Astbury, on Saturday July 7th. It should be a great and joyous occasion; do come, judge for yourselves how good we sound, and join with us in raising the roof with the singing of ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’!