THE fabulous Redditch Choral Society are to perform at the next Bandstand event on Church Green next Saturday, July 14.
Their performance, from 12.30pm to 1pm, comes just weeks after their triumphant production of two off the great works in the repertoire – Handel’s Ode on St Cecilia’s Day and Haydn’s Nelson Mass – performed in St Stephen’s Church in their midsummer concert.
Both pieces were new to the choir but under the expert guidance of musical director Emily Tyrrell the concert was a delight from the opening notes to the closing bars.
Emily, while relatively new to the director’s baton – she took over just about a year ago – is no stranger to the Society having attended rehearsals as a child due to her mum’s involvement with the choir.
An accomplished musician in her own right, Emily studied under RCS’s founder Alma Bright-Clarke before taking over the director’s role after Alma’s untimely death in 2017.
RCS spokeswoman Bridget Quinn said: “Emily chose two choral pieces that were new to the choir and made a huge success of them.
“As usual there were professional soloists and orchestra to make the whole performance reach the expected high standard.”
The soloists were another daughter of Redditch, the international soprano Katie Leaver, while Julia White sang contralto, Brett Elesmore tenor and Edmund White bass.
“They were stunning,” said Bridget.
“The orchestra was led by Peter Bridle and the cellist Jonathan Madden deserves special mention for his beautiful duet with Katie in Handel’s air, ‘What Passion Cannot Music Raise’.
The choir itself featured a few new faces too, swelling the ranks of this highly regarded ensemble.
New members are always welcome and no audition is required.
Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at Crabbs Cross Methodist Church and will resume on September 5 after their summer break.
For their Christmas concert the RSC will be performing the perfect seasonal fayre of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
For more information call 07725 893744.