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SUMMER CONCERT 2019 – OTHER REVIEWS

“A pleasure to meet you and to sing with your fabulous choir ! Thanks for all your help and making me so welcome. Please pass on my good wishes and WELL DONE to the choir”.Melanie Marshall

Brilliant‘, ‘fantastic‘, ‘the best concert I’ve ever been to‘, ‘such an improvement‘. These are just a few of the comments heard as our audience departed on Saturday night. It was clear that people had thoroughly enjoyed their evening, and went out of their way to tell us.

The choice of music was almost guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, with the composer John Brunning in person introducing his Motets and Amazing Day in the first half, and John Rutter’s lively cycle of spirituals under the title “Feel the Spirit” which took the mood from a sombre “Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child” to the vibrant “When the Saints go Marching in” – in the delightful company of Melanie Marshall, who first performed Feel the Spirit with the composer John Rutter, in Carnegie Hall in June 2001.

The added bonus of Messrs Cromar and Druce duetting the Inspector Gadget theme 4-handed on one grand piano was the icing on the cake for audience and choir alike!

Melanie Forse (RLSBC Chairman) said: “Well done to everyone for raising your game and producing a great concert. You have all worked very hard over many weeks, and now is the time to take a break. Thank you all for the hard work putting the concert together, from front of house – publicity, tickets, programmes, raffle and bar, to the massive staging operation, and of course the preparation work in the background by committee and non- committee members. Please thank all your spouses and partners who give their time to help us as we couldn’t manage without them.”

Concert Review June 2019 – Clive Peacock, Leamington Courier

Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir: Brunning and Rutter

All Saints’ Church, Leamington, June 29

Review by Clive Peacock

A blazingly hot Saturday attracted many to All Saints’ as the “coolest venue in town”. The many were rewarded with conductor Christopher Cromar’s third assignment with the RLS Bach Choir, where his influence is already noticed, in a concert of works by John Brunning and John Rutter. As a stalwart of Classic FM, Brunning has created quite a niche for himself as one of the longest lasting presenters on the channel. In recent years he has turned his attention to composing using his favoured instrument, the guitar – a return to his early years in showbusiness as a member of Mungo Jerry.  Brunning introduced his work, 3 Motets, a recent composition, providing the sopranos the chance to excel in Agnus Dei.  The full choir blossomed in Ubi Caritas. Brunning’s second offering, a seven movement oratorio, begins with a most beautiful, haunting piece – Amazing Day, which gives its name to the work.  The remarkable mezzo-soprano Melanie Marshall joined the choir, energising the members to deliver an account so memorable an audience member immediately requested permission to use the work as a theme at school assembly. Cromar demanded a crisp finish to part three, Pie Jesu, and achieved it; he would have liked a stronger pace in part seven, Hallelujah, but it wasn’t quite there.  Melanie Marshall, a founding member of John Rutter’s Cambridge Singers, worked with the composer to conceive the cycle of spirituals – Feel the Spirit.  This jazz-inspired second half ended with the most rousing rendition of When the Saints go Marching In, bringing this 79th RLS Bach Choir season to a happy close.  They are in good shape.

It’s rehearsal time!

Each term, rehearsals start in Lillington Primary School on Wednesdays at 7.30pm sharp, commencing immediately after each end-of-term break, in order to prepare for the next concert – check out the <Members> and <Concerts> page for details.

Anyone considering joining or re-joining the Choir is very welcome to come and try out with us, but the attendance cut-off for singing in the next concert requires that you don’t miss more than a couple of weeks – and then subject to successfully completing an audition it will be the Musical Director’s decision whether you should wait till next term!

If you require more information please contact the Choir Secretary.