Music / “Allelujah!” The Llewellyn Choir, carried out by Rowan Harvey-Martin. At Holy Cross Anglican Church, Hackett, December 17. Reviewed by LEN POWER.
SUBTITLED “Christmas with Benjamin Britten (and others)”, this “Allelujah!” live performance featured two works by Britten – “A Ceremony of Carols” and “The Firm of Heaven”. Different items included Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso In G Minor, No. 8“, “Angel’s Carol” by John Rutter and “O Holy Evening” by Adolphe Charles Adam.
The choir entered at the beginning of the live performance with lanterns singing “Procession”, the primary a part of “A Ceremony of Carols”. This set the environment of Christmas instantly and the choir was notably efficient singing the rousing “Welcome Yole!” in addition to “In Freezing Winter Evening”, “Deo Gracias” and the finale, “Recession”.
There have been additionally pleasing soprano solos by Charlotte Walker and Emily Ezaki-Swain. The orchestra, carried out by Rowan Harvey-Smith, actually excelled with the fragile “Interlude” in the midst of the work.
Subsequent on this system was the Corelli “Concerto Grosso”. Within the intimate area of the church, this acquainted work was given a fantastic efficiency of nice readability.
After a brief break, Britten’s “The Firm of Heaven” was carried out by the orchestra, choir and soloists. Written initially for radio in 1937, this work depicts St. Michael and the angels, together with Previous Testomony figures. The musical numbers are interspersed with spoken textual content from varied authors comparable to Milton, Rossetti and Bunyan. This difficult work with moments of nice sensitivity in addition to fury was given an correct and assured efficiency by the choir.
Sonia Anfiloff (soprano) and Andrew Barrow (tenor) have been featured throughout this work and each sang very nicely. The clearly learn textual content readings got by Rohan Thatcher and Jennifer Pickard. This dramatic work even woke the possums within the ceiling, to the amusement of everybody!
John Rutter’s “Angels Carol” was a properly melodic distinction after the Britten and was very nicely sung by the choir.
The ultimate work offered was Adam’s well-known “O Holy Evening”. With the resonant baritone of Thatcher and soprano Anfiloff, rising above the choir, this proved to be a really transferring efficiency.
This Llewellyn Choir live performance was a triumph and produced a highly-charged feeling of Christmas.
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