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Popular Choral Classics

The Royal Hall, Harrogate, 15 October 2016

Choral Classics Hit the Note for Choral Society

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The beautifully lit and sumptuously appointed Edwardian interior Of Harrogate's Royal Hall provided the perfect setting for the Autumn Concert given by Harrogate Choral Society on Saturday. Warmly compered by Marilynne Davies and under their Conductor, Andrew Padmore with soprano soloist Sarah Fox, the audience were treated to a broad selection of choral classics. Following Britten's arrangement of the National Anthem, the choir sang Handel's Zadok the Priest with remarkable enthusiasm, the semiquaver passages being delivered with good clarity. Rutter's I will sing with the Spirit provided a pleasant contrast and was sung with nicely shaped phrases and sensitive dynamics.

Sarah Fox, soprano, gave a glittering performance of Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate of which the final section is, of course, the most popular with excellent and delicate accompaniment from the Amici Ensemble.

The Choral Society rattled the rafters with Handel's Hallelujah Chorus; with excellent effort from the tenors who, though few in number, produced a sonorous tone. Parry's anthem, I was Glad and Blest Pair of Sirens were both well sung and with considerable dignity.

Sarah Fox treated us to three delightful vocal items of which the third, Laudate Dominum by Mozart also featured some beautiful gentle and supportive singing from the Choral Society.

Andrew Padmore coaxed every ounce of tone, at small dynamic, from his singers, especially in the unaccompanied items, Bruckner's Locus Iste and Stainer's God so loved the world. Brahms' How lovely are thy dwellings was sung in German, Mozart's Ave verum was sung in Latin, Faure's Cantique was sung in French and Parry's Jerusalem of course in English! The concert ended with Rutter's The Lord Bless you and keep you, with splendid supportive work from the Amici Ensemble, a big Thank You must go to Andrew Padmore for a splendid evening of entertainment.

Adrian Selway