<< -- 3 -- Pippa Hare THEIR MAJESTIES' MUSIC
Walford Davies' Requiem, a lovely short piece which flowed melodiously, was followed
by Six English Lyrics by Malcolm Williamson, which suited the choir well with the added interest of hearing the men and women singing separately in two of the songs. Again the men's words were heard more clearly than those of the women.
It was of course fitting to end with Peter Maxwell Davies, on the eve of the two-week programme to celebrate his 70th birthday, and because he is Patron of the choir. The two songs Ave Maria, Hail Blessed Flower (1961) and the first public performance of Lullay, My child (2004) were beautifully sung, making a perfect ending to a most interesting and unusual concert.
I must particularly mention Liz Brinsdon and Iris Korfker for their engaging solo parts.
The conductor, Howard Williams, has waited for his mention until last although everything of course begins with him. What an energetic and exciting conductor -- I would love to be conducted by him myself! He was interesting to watch and clearly gave the choir every necessary prompt needed. I also enjoyed his introductions to each item.
On a final note I did feel disappointed for the choir that there was such a small audience. As an efficient and well-trained choir they should clearly expect more, and to this end I would suggest that a website would be both useful and productive. This concert would clearly not attract the masses, but with more publicity I feel that a wider audience could be found.