June 26, 2008

Variety is the Spice From Singers

The Trinity Singers from Somerset promised a musical evening of fun and variety at St Laurence Church, Stroud - and that is exactly what they provided.

It is not often that a musical programme will contain Panis Angelicus as well as Old MacDonald, or Chattanooga Choo Choo and Bouree for Bach.

Also included were traditional songs, songs from shows and spirituals. Throughout, under the able conductorship of Jean Rudd, the choir sang each piece with the appropriate sensitivity.

The programme included the first performance of a work specially written for the choir by jazz musician and composer Richard Pond of Nailsworth. He had heard the choir performing at the Dartmouth Music Festival last year and so his Choral Suite was offered as an addition to their extensive repertoire.

The choir sang two of the Suite's four movements which reflect another of Pond's passions - steam. The sounds were quite onomatopoeic at times! A strong sense of direction from both choir and conductor made for a strongly rhythmic performance. A chance to hear the complete Suite is eagerly awaited.

As well as the ensemble items, some of which were for either the male voices or the female voices, there were some notable and entertaining solo offerings of a very high standard.

The event was organised by the church towards raising at least pounds500,000 for reroofing the church.

Franklyn Bovey

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