Cheerful voices in a rousing concert
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.