THE Phoenix Choir concert began with Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, a piece of music not frequently performed by amateur choirs as it is so challenging. This was followed after the interval by the much loved Look to the Day by John Rutter. The concert concluded with Haydn’s Nelson Mass.
The Phoenix Choir was in great form and gave one of its best performances.
The conductor John Langridge, ever attentive to the needs of the choir, inspired them to come in strongly and confidently. The exquisite ‘laudate Dominum’ part of Solemn Vespers, well known to many, was beautifully sung by the soprano Naomi Kilby and delicately supported by the choir and orchestra.
The choir was accompanied with great sensitivity by its accompanist Brian Steer. Under the sure guidance of the conductor, the choir, soloists and orchestra rose to the challenge and brought out many of the contrasting tones and qualities of the Nelson Mass.
Patricia Beament lead the orchestra to one of their strongest performances.
Soprano Naomi Kilby, who had the lion’s share of the soloists parts, did a wonderful job and she was supported by tenor Gary Marriott, bass Michael White and contralto Kate Welch, regular soloists with Phoenix Choir, who all gave strong and inspiring performances.