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19th November 2016
Southwell Minster

Nottingham Bach Choir

  • Bach
    B Minor Mass

Soloists:Jennifer France, Marie Elliot, Jorge Navarro-Colorado, Adrian Powter

Conducted by Paul Hale
Viola

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22nd November 2014
St Mary’s Church, High Pavement, Nottingham

Nottingham Bach Choir

  • Mozart:
    Requiem
  • Haydn
    Nelson Mass

Soloists: Abigail Broughton, Ruth Massey, Nicholas Scott & William Townend

Conducted by Paul Hale
Violin 2

St Thomas’ Church Lymington

Lymington Choral Society
Tenor – Vasili Karpiak
Bass – Božidar Smiljanic
Clarinet – Joseph Shiner

  • Once in Royal David’s City
    • 1st Verse Harry Renshaw
  • Puccini: Messa di Gloria (Mass) – Tenor, Bass & Choir
  • Joy to the world
  • Verdi: Studia Il Passo … Come dal Ciel Precipita (Macbeth) – Bass
  • Verdi: Va, pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) – Choir
  • Verdi: La Donna è Mobile – Tenor
  • Bassi: Fantasy on Rigoletto (Verdi) – Clarinet
  • Rachmaninov: Vocalise for Clarinet and Orchestra – Clarinet
  • Rutter: Gloria – Choir

Conducted by Michael Goldthorpe

Principal Viola

6th July 2013

Bushey Academy

Mary Nelson soprano
Jeanette Ager mezzo-soprano
Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks tenor
Stephen Holloway bass
St Albans Choral Society
George Vass conductor

Carl Maria von Weber Overture: Der Freischütz, J277
Johannes Brahms Schicksalslied, Op 54
Gioacchino Rossini Stabat Mater

Principal Viola

 

Having been to see the Fieri Consort sing at the start of the year and really enjoyed myself I was very pleasantly surprised to find that on a weekend that I would be holidaying in Dorset they would once again be performing nearby.

So, on Sunday evening I drove across to the picturesque seaside town of Swanage to hear the group perform another very different programme. Whilst the music was very different, the standard was just as impressive if not more so. When I heard them in St Martin in the Fields it was a programme of earlier music (Allegri, Tallis etc) This time they seemed to be more free with the programme and interspersed the age old music of Purcell, Byrd and others with music from more modern British composers, McMillan, Finzi & Britten.

This choice of music worked fantastically well and really showed of the depth of talent that British composers have demonstrated over the previous 400 years. The Highlight for me was the Purcell, which was a masterclass in harmony and suspense. No other composer since has been able to match his ability to raise the hair on the back of every audience members head although I also particularly enjoyed the way that the group managed to perform the Britten especially The Succession of the Four Sweet Months, which beautifully represented the passage of time seamlessly and displayed an incredible maturity within their musicianship. The piece is almost fugue like, with the sopranos starting followed by the altos then tenors and finally bases. Whilst each part has it’s own very distinct character and harmony. The group were able to make their own part enter clearly before blending with the rest of the sound in a way that was simply sublime.

What a lovely way to round off a short holiday. Thankyou again Fieri

Programme

Britten
Five Flower songs. To Daffodils

William Byrd
Though Amaryllis Dance
This Sweet and Merry Month of May

Henry Purcell
Hear My Prayer, O Lord

Robert Ramsey
When David Heard

Orlando Gibbons
The Silver Swan

James MacMillan
The Strathclyde Motets – Data est mihi omnis potestas (It has been given to me)

Cecilia McDowall
Three Latin Motets – 1 Ave Regina, 2 Ave Maria, 3 Regina Caeli

James MacMillan
The Strathclyde Motets – O Radiant Dawn

Benjamin Britten
Five Flower songs. The succession of the four sweet months

William Byrd
Laudibus in Sanctis

Thomas Weelkes
Hark, all ye lovely saints above
As Vesta Was

Gerald Finzi
7 Part songs – I have loved the flowers that fade, My spirit sang all day, Nightingales

William Byrd
Haec Dies

Benjamin Britten
Five Flower songs. The evening promise

It’s not often that I go to concerts and even less common that I attend choral ones, but I was invited by a friend on Facebook to The Fieri Consort’s late night performance as part of the Brandenburg choral festival at St. Martin in the fields and I was in the area having attended an event at the RSC. The Fieri Consort have come about after attending a years training or scholarship with the “16” and were set up to be a really top act about to put on an incredible nights performance – they did not disappoint.

The first item really set up a fantastic and incredible atmosphere which was received with breathless and silently stunned reverence which was finally broken by about three people in rows behind me who breathed “wow” the audiences silence remained most of the way through the concert until they hit the miserere. I’ve not heard this live for a long time, and I’ve not be so captivated by the masterpiece for even longer. The top C was hit time and time again simply effortlessly!

I really enjoyed the programme of this concert, obviously the crowd puller was there, but the items around it were also quite stunning. Having never met Lobo before I have nothing to compare the opener with, but I will most certainly be looking for more and will definitely be looking for some Gesualdo for my CD collection!

My only regret was that this was such a late performance and I had to run for a train rather than enjoy a drink with the group after the gig. But I hope to catch up with them after another concert very soon.

Programme

Lobo
Versa Est In Luctum

Melgas
Salve Regina

Victoria
Versa Est In Luctum
Ave Maria
Salve Regina

Allegri
Miserere

Melgas
In Ieiunio et Fletu

Gesualdo
O Vos Omnes
Tristis est Anima Mea

Navarro
Regina Caeli