Glo­ri­ous mu­sic, top class mu­si­cians

South Bucks Choral So­ci­ety and Amer­sham Fes­ti­val Cham­ber Orchestra per­formed a Win­ter Con­cert at the Royal Ma­sonic School for Girls in Rick­mansworth on Satur­day Novem­ber 21. KAY JOHN­SON re­views the con­cert

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ON an ex­tremely cold and windy evening – at least the snow had gone – we made our way to The Chapel, Royal Ma­sonic School for Girls, Rick­mansworth, for the Win­ter Con­cert of the South Bucks Choral So­ci­ety and Amer­sham Fes­ti­val Cham­ber Orchestra, leader Char­lotte Ed­wards and their in­spi­ra­tional Con­duc­tor Iain Led­ing­ham.

The first half of the con­cert was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C, from the open­ing bars of the Ada­gio molto; Al­le­gro con brio – which in fact starts in the wrong key – Beethoven wanted his au­di­ence to sit up and take no­tice; well we all did sit up and take no­tice.

From those open­ing 20 or so bars in the wrong key to the fi­nal move­ment Ada­gio; Al­le­gro molto e vi­vace Iain Led­ing­ham and the Amer­sham Fes­ti­val Orchestra took us through some of Beethoven’s most glo­ri­ous mu­sic, and to say we were all en­thralled would be an un­der­state­ment, need­less to say the hall erupted into rap­tur­ous ap­plause.

What a fan­tas­tic first half, ev­ery­one went into the in­ter­val brim­ming with the plea­sure of be­ing able to hear such glo­ri­ous mu­sic from top class mu­si­cians and soloists, on our doorstep and at such ridicu­lously low prices. The sec­ond half con­sisted of Beethoven’s Mass in C Ma­jor, op 86.

Orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned by Prince Niko­laus Ester­hazy 11 on the oc­ca­sion of his wife’s birth­day, this was an an­nual event and for the pre­vi­ous six years Haydn had done the hon­ours.

Big shoes to fill and ac­cord­ing to all ac­counts not that well re­ceived by the Prince, how­ever, no such wor­ries on this oc­ca­sion as the Amer­sham Fes­ti­val Cham­ber Orchestra with their con­duc­tor Iain Led­ing­ham and soloists – So­prano Har­riet Ey­ley, Mezzo-So­prano Laura Zig­man­taite, Tenor Wag­ner More­ria and Bass Richard Wal­she cer­tainly did us proud tak­ing us from the open­ing ‘Kyrie’ through to the clos­ing ‘An­gus Dei’ with such feel­ing that as the last note faded the hall erupted once again into the most won­der­ful ap­plause for such a su­perb ren­di­tion of this work. Smiles all round from mu­si­cians, cho­rus and soloists who ob­vi­ously en­joyed the per­for­mance as much as we the au­di­ence.

Thank you all con­cerned for such a won­der­ful evening of mu­sic which more than made up for the cold win­ter weather out­side, we left with a much lighter heart and step, the mu­sic still re­sound­ing in our ears. The next con­cert of the Amer­sham Fes­ti­val Cham­ber Orchestra will be held at Amer­sham Free Church, on De­cem­ber 4.

The next con­cert of the South Bucks Choral so­ci­ety – Brahms ‘Re­quiem’ and Strauss ‘Last Four Song’ will be held at The Bar­barolli Hall, St. Cle­ment Danes School, Chor­ley­wood, on April 30.

And do not forget the Christ­mas Mu­sic and Carols held at St. Mary’s Church Amer­sham on De­cem­ber 19.

For South Buck Choral So­ci­ety tick­ets con­tact Steve Wil­cock on 01494 722 122.

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