Up­lift­ing com­bi­na­tion of mu­sic and po­etry

Chor­ley­wood Choral So­ci­ety held a con­cert ti­tled Glory and Won­der at St Mary’s Church in Che­sham on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6. The church’s or­gan­ist Martin Pax­ton reviews the con­cert

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THIS Christ­mas con­cert at St Mary’s Church, Che­sham cer­tainly lived up to its ti­tle.

Fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of Christ­mas mu­sic the choir, un­der con­duc­tor Gra­ham Wili – and very ably sup­ported by Leonard San­der­man at the or­gan – pro­vided an en­joy­able and com­pre­hen­sive per­for­mance of some chal­leng­ing mu­sic which in­cluded John Rut­ters’ ex­u­ber­ant Glo­ria, Morten Lau­rid­sen’s mov­ing O Mag­num Mys­terium and An­thony Hop­kins’ up­lift­ing Gaudea­mus.

Trib­ute was paid to the fallen of the First World War in an ex­cel­lent read­ing of Carol Duffy’s The Christ­mas Truce by Mar­jorie Brown and Christ­mas was cel­e­brated in the spo­ken word with John Bet­je­man’s poem Christ­mas, well ex­pressed by Julie Co­hen.

Two con­trast­ing sea­sonal or­gan pieces by Bach and Karg-Elert per­formed by for­mer Chich­ester Or­gan Scholar Leonard San­der­man and Christ­mas Car­ols for the au­di­ence in­ter­spersed through­out the evening put the fin­ish­ing touches to a con­cert which was, in­deed, full of ‘Glory and Won­der.’

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