Thank you to everyone who came to hear us in Cirencester Parish Church last night, and for all the kind comments. A special mention must go to Alexander Aldren, an extremely talented tenor who sang the solo of Leighton’s ‘Crucifixus Pro Nobis’ so beautifully! And thank you David Whitehead for the excellent accompaniment and organ recitals as always.
Thanks also to Doug Watt, for this great review pasted in below. For anyone who missed us, we’re performing the same programme at Holy Apostles, Cheltenham, on 30th November 2013.
Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice – Cantores Chamber Choir at Cirencester Parish Church
16 November, 2013
On Saturday, Cantores returned to their spiritual home of Cirencester Parish Church for a programme of sacred music built around atonement. They were joined by David Whitehead at the organ and the remarkable young tenor, Alexander Aldren, substituting for an indisposed Christopher Lombard.
The earliest pieces were Parry’s ‘Songs of Farewell’ where the choir’s confident and full sound was best suited to the exacting acoustic. In Gorecki’s ‘Totus Tuus’ some fine dynamics hinted at a close musical understanding of this Marian hymn but Leighton’s ‘Crucifixus Pro Nobis’ was the signature set of the evening, speaking to the sacred, Anglican choral tradition which underpins this group. It was here that Alexander Aldren gave an assured and controlled lead in difficult solos, showing a technique and reading beyond his youth.
It was appropriate that the choir also gave Sir John Tavener’s ‘The Lamb’ in this week of his passing, surely a piece which we will hear many times this Christmas. In Lukaszewski’s ‘Lenten Motets’ the top voices produced some bell-like sounds to display this choir’s growing abilities. The main piece of the concert, FInzi’s ‘Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice’ challenged individual pairs and trios with its exposed, idiosyncratic phrases and this precise choir coped well with that.
David Whitehead gave us Leighton’s ‘Paean’ and Howell’s ‘Psalm Prelude’, the latter showcasing the range of this organ’s fine stops. John Holloway created an excellent, coherent programme, integrated in style, content and execution.
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