24th Jul, 2019

Redditch Choral Society midsummer concert hailed as one of the best

Correspondent 27th Jun, 2019

Mozart’s Requiem, Redditch Choral Society, St Stephen’s Church, Redditch

A LARGE and very appreciative audience enjoyed a fantastic concert of music by Mozart featuring in the second half his deeply moving Requiem.

The setting in St Stephen’s was particularly wonderful with lovely acoustics that made the music soar into every corner.

The stained-glass windows added atmosphere and several people said they were moved to tears as they listened.

The choir was conducted by Director of Music Emily Tyrrell and as usual was joined by a professional orchestra conducted by Peter Bridle.

The four professional soloists included local soprano Katie Leaver as well as Rebecca Mitchell-Farmer singing contralto, Dale Harris singing tenor and Paul Mocroft singing bass.

The combination of the amateur choir and professional soloists and orchestra worked really well at all levels and the choral society is determined to continue financing this arrangement.

The first half of the concert saw the choir sing Mozart’s ‘Ave Verum Corpus’ followed by his ‘Laudate Dominum’ before the orchestra skilfully performed ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’.

“Many of the choir members felt it was the best concert that they could remember and we all feel that Redditch Choral Society is in a healthy and enthusiastic condition set to go on for another 50 years!” said Bridget Quinn from RCS.

Preparations for the choir’s Christmas concert begin on Wednesday September 4.

The concert programme has not been finalised but will include festive choral pieces as well as carols sung by children from St Mary’s Catholic School in Studley.

It is to be held on Saturday 7th December at Trinity High School, Redditch.

Rehearsals take place at The Methodist Church Hall, Crabbs Cross, Redditch from 7.45pm to 9.30pm and new members are always welcome.

There is no audition and we are a friendly bunch of mixed ability’s and mixed ages.

For more details call 07725 893744.

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