Summer Romance

Date: 
Saturday, 12 July, 2014 - 19:30
Venue: 
St John’s Church, Mattock Lane, W13 9LA

On a warm Summer night at St John's church in West Ealing, Questors Choir treated their audience to the highs and lows of romantic love, through the music of Brahms and Elgar.
 
The concert started with Brahms' 1868 love songs in waltz time, summing up the hope, joy and despair of love. Some were sung by the full choir, and others as ensemble pieces by small groups of choir singers. All were expertly accompanied by the two pianists,Richard Wilkins and Anne Marshall, playing together. There were also duet and solo interludes sung by choir members.
 
The second half of the concert comprised Edward Elgar's take on German romantic tradition. His six songs from the Bavarian Highlands were inspired by a holiday that he and his wife Alice took in the Bavarian Alps in 1894. In fact, Alice created the lyrics by adapting folk songs to her husband's music. As with Brahms, these choral pieces portray a wide range of emotions – the bliss and pain of love, a mother's tenderness to her baby and even the exhilaration of hunting in the mountains.
 
You can see all the photos of the concert, taken by Alistair Mitton, in our Photo Gallery Here is a selection.