Cheer­ful voices in a rous­ing con­cert

Wanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

With Cheer­ful Voice

Schola Sacra Choir and Youth Cho­rus

Satur­day, May 19

Christ Church, Wick­steed St, Whanganui Re­viewer — Ruth Evans

All peo­ple that on earth do dwell with full cho­ral and audience par­tic­i­pa­tion, made a rous­ing be­gin­ning to the Schola Sacra’s con­cert on Satur­day, May 19 at Christ Church.

This was a ver­sa­tile con­cert, with read­ings by John Peill, part-songs by the Adult Choir con­ducted by Roy Tanker­s­ley, ac­com­pa­nied by Alison Ste­wart, and Schola’s Youth Cho­rus, con­ducted by Lisa Boessenkool and ac­com­pa­nied by Roy Tanker­s­ley.

John Peill’s drama­tised read­ings of Two on a

Tower by Thomas Hardy and Learn­ing to Dance by Michael Mayson, vividly drew us into the chaos of a vil­lage church choir prac­tice, but at the same time re­minded us that mu­sic “helps you to re­lieve the trou­bles of your day”. A Han­delian Cho­rus, fol­lowed by the pop­u­lar set­ting of the 23rd Psalm by Howard Goodall, be­gan the choir’s open­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the con­cert, and the beautiful set­ting of Psalm 121 by Chris Art­ley, a New Zealand com­poser, com­pleted this sec­tion.

Some very im­pres­sive singing fol­lowed, sung by Schola’s Youth Cho­rus. Their beau­ti­fully con­trolled tone, ex­cel­lent tun­ing and well balanced parts through six-part songs, were an ab­so­lute joy to hear.

Schu­bert’s Mass in G, quite a short but very tune­ful work, made up the se­cond half of the con­cert. This was a real de­light and fea­tured some com­mend­able solo work by Rachel Smith, Nigel Tongs and Lex Moodie, as had ear­lier so­los by John Gille­spie and Car­lotta Pen­ton. Thank you to Roy Tanker­s­ley, Lisa Boessenkool, Alison Ste­wart and John Peill, plus of course all the par­tic­i­pants, for a sat­is­fy­ing af­ter­noon’s en­ter­tain­ment which was thor­oughly en­joyed by a large audience.

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