Venetian Gloria – Vivaldi: Gloria and Beatus Vir, Albinoni: Oboe Concerto, Neruda: Trumpet Concerto
- New Hall, Winchester College, Hampshire
Vivaldi: Beatus Vir in B flat RV598
Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in D minor Op. 9 no. 2
Neruda: Trumpet Concerto in E flat
Nicola Corbishley – soprano
Sarah Shorter – alto
Andrew Knights – oboe
Julian Poore – trumpet
Winchester Music Club
Winchester Music Club Orchestra
Brian Howells – leader
Nicholas Wilks – conductor
by Duncan Eves, published in the April 19th edition of the Hampshire Chronicle.
Celebrating the musical glories of Venice
Winchester Music Club: Venetian Gloria
A capacity audience welcomed Winchester Music Club Choir and Orchestra back to a partially
refurbished New Hall, Winchester College, celebrating the musical glories of Venice. Opening the
concert with Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir the choir and orchestra captured the rhythmic vitality of the
music; the soprano and alto soloists – Nicola Corbishley and Sarah Shorter – produced a pleasing
A winning account of Albinoni’s D minor oboe concerto played was superbly by Andrew Knights,
former principal oboe of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra provided neatly
delicate accompaniment, over which the oboe exhibited nimble fingerwork in the outer
movements and gorgeous lyrical tone in the central slow movement.
Julian Poore, who is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, then performed trumpet
concerto by Johann Neruda. The bright, incisive tone of the trumpet was a good contrast. The
slow movement brought some fine lyrical playing. The last gave a rousing end to the first half.
In a daring move, the choir then sang Vivaldi’s Gloria from memory. They gave us weight and
gravitas in the Gratias agimus and real vitality in the faster movements. With no music impeding
them there was clear communication with the conductor, Nicholas Wilks. The orchestra
produced playing that was alert and distinguished. Nicola Corbishley sang the Domine Deus, Rex
coelestis section with a lovely light tone, accompanied beautifully by Andrew Knights’ oboe.
Spike Wilson (cello) and alto Sarah Shorter perfectly captured the sombre yet lyrical mood of
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei.
The enthusiastic applause was greeted with an ‘encore’: choir tenor Len Tatham, still performing
with great energy at ninety, was serenaded by the entire hall in a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
We hope to see you in many more concerts yet, Len!
Len takes a bow