During the evening on Sunday 26th March, more than 100 boys performed alongside a professional orchestra and the Choral Society in a thrilling programme of twentieth century choral repertoire. There were world premiere performances of two new orchestrations, including one to mark the 90th birthday of composer John Joubert. The concert concluded with Bernstein's uplifting 'Chichester Psalms'.
Below is a report by Arthur Tapner, F Social 6.1:
The Concert opened with an incredible trumpet piece, which grabbed the audience’s attention immediately. It was performed with such clarity and musicality. Then we all sang the Jubilate Deo, with the fantastic Orchestra. It made such a difference having the Orchestra, especially with five percussionists. At first it was a little bit harder to follow the music and get the entries accurately sung, but it was absolutely worth it. I must say there were moments in the Chichester Psalms where I was completely blown away by the sound of the Orchestra. A truly professional orchestra makes all the difference.
To split the choral pieces, there were two string pieces which we hadn’t heard before. So we were effectively an audience member and I can safely say that we all thought it was spectacular. Personally, I think the best moment in the entire evening was the 2nd Movement in the Chichester Psalms, which I genuinely believe to be one of the most beautiful melodies ever written. This is followed by the frantic section where the percussion really showed their muscle: successfully giving me about seven heart attacks, or so it seemed! It really was special to sing alongside that powerful orchestra.
I think all of the singers upped their game because the orchestra gave them the assurance to sing more confidently. A truly great evening both to perform in and listen to.