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Ely review: Ely Choral Society's concert, 13th April 2019

Author: Dr Rosemary Westwell Published: 15th April 2019 07:57

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Ely review: Ely Choral Society's concert, 13th April 2019

Ely Choral Society reached new heights in their performance of Elgar's ‘The Music Makers' in their concert in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 13th April 2019.

They showed an affinity for the composer, and under the baton of Andrew Parnell, soloist, choir and orchestra gelled as one, expressing the fundamental feelings and spirit of the words of the poet A. O'Shaughnessy. ‘We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams' was the recurring theme and in very soft, calm moments these performers expressed exactly the magical ethereal mystery of the words.

This same enchanting sensitivity was apparent in ‘Qui Sedes ad dexteram Patris', the sixth movement of Poulenc's ‘Gloria'. There were also some lovely moments in the other work in the programme: Brahm's ‘Rhapsodie', especially when the lower voices of the choir joined the soloist in expressing the poignancy and sense of longing so typical of Brahm's style. .

The whole concert was well worth a visit and featured worthy soloists: Elenor Bowers-Jolley (soprano) and Stephanie Windsor-Lewis (mezzo-soprano) and a fine orchestra: the Medlock Ensemble.

The next event for Ely Choral Society in Ely will be on Saturday 13th July at 7.30 p.m. in the Hayward Theatre: ‘A Night at the Opera'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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