Choral so­ci­ety ready for ac­tion with spring sing

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

MEM­BERS of Prest­bury Choral So­ci­ety are warm­ing up its vo­cal cords ahead of its spring con­cert.

Joined by guest leader Steven Wilkie, se­nior vi­o­lin tu­tor at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, the choir will per­form Schu­bert’s Mass in A Flat and Stan­ford’s Songs of the Fleet un­der the di­rec­tion of Si­mon Mercer.

Steven, who has played with most Bri­tish or­ches­tras and per­formed many of the fa­mous con­cer­tos, has also worked with revered con­duc­tors Sir Ge­org Solti, Sir Ed­ward Downes and John Wil­son.

He will com­plete the pro­gramme by per­form­ing the Bach Vi­o­lin Con­certo.

Choir mem­ber Cyn­thia Crewe said: “Schu­bert’s Mass in A Flat con­tains mu­sic of great ten­der­ness, high drama and taut con­struc­tion.

“Colour­fully or­ches­trated, it is a won­der­ful sing for soloists and choir.

“Stan­ford, best known to church mu­si­cians for his ser­vice set­tings and an­thems, is oth­er­wise some­what ne­glected.

“His ex­cel­lent Songs of the Fleet, quiet and bois­ter­ous by turn, glorify our long mar­itime tra­di­tion.

She added: “Such an eclec­tic and ex­cel­lent pro­gramme will make for a won­der­ful evening.”

The con­cert is on Satur­day, April 16, at 7.30pm, at St Bartholomew’s Church, Chan­cel Lane, Wilm­slow.

Tick­ets are £10, £9 con­ces­sions, avail­able on the door, from prest­burychoral.org or by call­ing 01625 584337.

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