Saturday, 24 March, 2018 - 19:30
St Martin’s Church, Hale Gardens, West Acton W3 9SQ
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As went to press:
"QUESTORS’ CHOIR “SPRING GLORY” CONCERT
The 60 - 70 voices of the Questors’ choir gave it their all at their Spring concert at St Martin’s Church in Acton on Saturday, performing four dramatic choral works in a variety of musical styles. They were supported by the combined talents of inspired accompanist Richard Wilkins, on piano, and guest artist Peter Hopkins on keyboard. Peter also filled the church with sound when he performed “Pièce d’orgue”, an early work by Johann Sebastian Bach, on the church organ.
The evening opened with an attention-grabbing fanfare, originally composed as a welcome to Princess Astrid of Norway, followed by a both soulful and celebratory “Missa Brevis” (brief mass). This had been attributed to an unknown composer called Antonio Caldini but, it was revealed on the night, was actually written by the choir’s enthusiastic musical director, Philip Norman, who also conducted.
The organ piece was followed by a stirring song from Victorian composer Charles Parry’s “War and Peace” and the concert ended with the richly expressive melodies of Luigi Cherubini’s “Requiem in C minor”.
It was a programme of contrasting musical styles, arousing a range of emotions in the appreciative audience. One audience member commented that she found the Requiem “very moving”. Others said they were fascinated by the complex layering of its sounds.
Judging by its title “Don’t Eat String” the choir’s next concert, on Saturday 7th July, also at 7.30 pm in St Martin’s church, will be a much lighter hearted event. Weekly rehearsals start at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 18th April, in the church hall, and new members are always welcome - no experience necessary. For further information contact www.questorschoir.org.uk or 07802 720 333"