Well, what a treat to sing again in public on Saturday 4th December!
We were privileged to sing Messiah with our wonderful soloists and ensemble players. Many thanks are due to all helpers on the night, and of course, to our conductor, Joel Newsome-Hubbard. Both singers and audience found it a marvellous experience after a two year break from singing with an orchestra. This review from Simon de Groot, was much appreciated:
“Ember Choral gave an uplifting and joyous, but also controlled and refined performance of Handel’s much loved and somewhat seasonal Messiah, tonight in Kingston’s Parish Church.
It was an excellent choice for the re-commencement of the choir’s activities after a long COVID enforced break, and the grateful and convivial atmosphere could be felt as well as heard in audience, orchestra and all present…
All the parts were delivered with smooth and well blended precision, which happily, and perhaps surprisingly, coped well with conductor Joel Newsome Hubbard’s brisk “authentic baroque” tempi…the excellent acoustic of Kingston’s nicely proportioned Parish Church aiding with a neutral but warm quality…
As often, the tenors, (why was I not there helping??) could have been a little stronger, but I confess bias: they came through, and their tone and accuracy was spot on…
A virtuoso natural trumpet, ensuring the trumpet really did “sound” and superb line up of soloists, ensured all that was needed to satisfy any Messiah crusties in the audience, as well as thrill any newcomers…
So good to see such enthusiastic restarting of local musical activity in Surrey, and we look forward to a hopefully exciting 2020 (sic) in which we will undoubtedly feel extra grateful for live musical performance! 🙏 Simon de Groot”
Concert held at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate, looking beautiful at night
The first half featured Britten “St Nicolas” with some atmospheric accompaniment by string quartet, piano, organ and percussion and also featuring some young soloists as well as the tenor part ably sung by James Robinson.
The second half included carols for both choir only and choir and audience. (Pictures below taken by Caroline Champney and published with her permission).
A great evening at The Menuhin Hall! The programme featured “Ein Deutsches Requiem” and “Liebeslieder Waltzes” all sung in German (a challenge for some of us!) with piano accompaniment. The soloists were Rebecca Hardwick, soprano, and James Atkinson, bass, with pianists Linda Bridges and Pam Kent.
The following pictures were all taken by John Siviter with kind permission of The Menuhin Hall.
We chose All Saints church in the heart of Kingston for our latest concert held on 1st December, 2018. The combination of a Christmassy “vibe” in the town centre with its brightly lit selection of restaurants and shops and the popular variety of items on the programme ensured that members of the audience went away feeling that Christmas had arrived early!
The use of a brass ensemble for most of the pieces with solo flute, piano and organ accompanying others also enhanced the enjoyment of the pieces.
Once again, we were fortunate to have a former member of the Royal Choral Society, Julian Rye, in the audience. He has kindly submitted a review of the concert which can be accessed here. Post concert comments indicated that many others in the audience enjoyed this concert. Let’s hope a few new to our concerts feel motivated to come and join us for more – as singers next time, perhaps!
We were encouraged to really stretch ourselves by tackling this beautiful but challenging work. In the end, we had a wonderful concert at St. Andrew’s church in Surbiton on Saturday, June 16th.
The unaccompanied singing was split into three sections with our Russian Guest, Irina Walters giving a brief talk about the work and the composer during each of the two breaks. The text of these talks can be read here.
One member of the audience, Julian Rye, who has sung with the Royal Choral Society, kindly submitted a review of the concert which can be read here. Many comments indicated that others in the audience also enjoyed this concert, especially as it was completely different to what we have sung in the past.
We held a wonderful concert at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate on November 25th, 2017. The works included: Handel “Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne”, Britten “Rejoice in the Lamb”, Charpentier “Te Deum” plus some seasonal items. The concert featured soloists: Sophie Gallagher, Soprano; Alex Chance, Alto; Guy Elliott, Tenor and Hugo Herman-Wilson, Bass and the players of Solistes de Musique Ancienne.
More pictures from the concert (all photos courtesy of Raf Jezierski):