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
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.’