Vil­lage choir strikes a chord with dra­matic church con­cert

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PREST­BURY Choral So­ci­ety per­formed to a full house in their lat­est con­cert.

With a 20-piece orches­tra, or­gan and four soloists un­der the mu­si­cal di­rec­tion of Si­mon Mercer, choir mem­ber Cyn­thia Crewe hailed the per­for­mance as one of the choir’s ‘best ever’.

The con­cert took place at St Bartholomew’s Church, on Chan­cel Lane, Wilm­slow and fea­tured songs cel­e­brat­ing mar­itime tra­di­tions from Charles Vil­liers Stan­ford and the dra­matic mu­sic of Franz Schu­bert.

Cyn­thia said: “It was an amaz­ing evening, a re­sound­ing suc­cess. Schu­bert’s Mass in A Flat was a big sing with plenty of drama in it, and Stan­ford’s Songs of the Fleet was some­thing that was to­tally dif­fer­ent.

“It was a bit like Gil­bert and Sul­li­van in parts, and was very mov­ing in others.”

She added that vi­o­lin­ist and se­nior vi­o­lin tu­tor at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic, Steven Wilkie’s ren­di­tion of the beau­ti­ful Bach Vi­o­lin Con­certo in A Mi­nor was ‘the ic­ing on the cake.’

The choir are now look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing their next con­cert in June.

The per­for­mance will take place at the same venue where the choir will pre­miere a new work by their own ac­com­pa­nist and as­sis­tant mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, James Pel­ham.

‘A Shrop­shire Lad’ is based on the epic poem by A E Hous­man.

Cyn­thia said: “James was in­spired by the poem’s in­nate mu­si­cal­ity and by the wide va­ri­ety of hu­man ex­pe­ri­ences ex­pressed in it.

“Those ex­pe­ri­ences are of a young man go­ing to war, its ef­fect on him and on those he leaves be­hind at home.

“Although there is some dark­ness and un­cer­tainty along the way, the com­po­si­tion ul­ti­mately ends on a note of hope.”

The choir will also sing an ar­range­ment and med­ley of five well­known ne­gro spir­i­tu­als by Jeremy Raw­son.

They will dip into the world of opera too, with a se­lec­tion of pieces from the Great Opera Cho­ruses in­clud­ing Borodin’s ‘Polovt­sian Dances’; Han­del’s ‘Cho­rus of En­chanted Is­lan­ders’; and Verdi’s ‘Tri­umphal Cho­rus from Aida’.

There will also be a pi­ano piece in­ter­lude.

Cyn­thia said: “This prom­ises to be another evening of won­der­ful, eclec­tic mu­sic and we en­cour­age peo­ple to come along.”

The con­cert is on June 4, at 7.30pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Chan­cel Lane, Wilm­slow, SK9 4AA. Tick­ets are priced at £10, £9 con­ces­sions and will be avail­able to buy at the door, in ad­vance from the choral so­ci­ety’s web­site prest­ or by phon­ing 01625 584337.

●● Prest­bury Choral So­ci­ety’s last con­cert in April at St Bartholomew’s in Wilm­slow. Pic­tured: con­duc­tor, Si­mon Mercer, front, and left, wear­ing

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