Concert Spring 2012
- Venetian Gloria – Vivaldi
- Gloria and Beatus Vir
- Albinoni – Oboe Concerto
- Neruda – Trumpet Concerto
- Louise Crane – The Angel, mezzo soprano
- Justin Lavender – Gerontius, tenor
- Ashley Riches – The Priest and Angel of the Agony, bass baritone
- Andrew Knights Oboe
- Julian Poore Trumpet
- Winchester Music Club
- Winchester Music Club Orchestra Brian Howells – leader
Concert Review by Duncan Eves
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 tonal blend.
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