MIKE WHEELER listens to
a classy concert from the Sitwell Singers
Christmas concerts can be desperately tacky affairs, but this year's offering from Derby's Sitwell Singers had 'class' written all over it (St John's Church, Derby, UK, 16 December 2013). Singing in so-called 'scrambled' position, (with singers from the different voice-parts mixed up together) can be risky, but when a choir has the confidence to pull it off it can bring an added vibrancy to the sound that lifts the performance to a whole new level.
So, with Malcolm Goldring conducting, William Mathias' Wassail Carol made for a bold opening, boldly projected, contrasting effectively with the intimate, sustained lines of Byrd's O Magnum Mysterium and Beata Virgo...
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