Concert review – Handel’s Messiah in December 2021

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

Rachmaninov “Vespers” concert – June 2018

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.

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