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Outstanding performance of choral work
Elgar’s The Kingdom, arguably his finest choral work, received an outstanding performance in St Mary’s Church, Nottingham on Saturday, March 26.
It was performed by the Nottingham Bach Choir and Orchestra, with excellent soloists Claire Seaton (soprano) Janet Shell (mezzo) Cameron Rolls (tenor) and, notably, David Stout (baritone).
All these forces were as a single entity through the conducting of Paul Hale, pictured, the Rector Chori at Southwell Minster, whose training of the choir resulted in a confident and emotive reading of the score.
If the fine orchestra proved to be too loud in accompaniment on the rare occasion it probably arose from the excitement of the interpretation engendered at the moment.
The advantage of a live performance over that of a recording was experienced especially towards the end in the choir’s Lord’s Prayer.
The atmosphere in the audience was palpable. Despite the quiet ending to the work, a large audience acclaimed this truly wonderful performance.
The choir’s next performance on July 2 at St Mary’s will feature Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle — neither short nor solemn — but highly recommended — MHA.