Bernard Hall, Cuddington
St Mary's Centre
By Andrew Gordon - 13th May 2019 2:00pm
St Mary's played host on Saturday 11th May to the Thame Choral Society for their spring concert. With a choir of 48, an orchestra of 26 (the Thame Sinfonia) and 4 soloists, this was a substantial event.
The church was full, the choir showed unconfined joy in their singing and the audience their delight in listening — an altogether pleasing occasion.
Top of the bill was Mozart's Requiem, a work of high emotion and drama, the shivers of the Day of Wrath quite undiminished in this unbelieving age. Before that we had a Mozart clarinet concerto, composed like the Requiem in the year of the composer's death, delivered with Mozartian grace and wit by clarinettist Steve Morgan.
And to launch the evening, three short choral works: Mozart's Ave Verum, Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine and Elgar's Lux Aeterna. The latter, also known as Nimrod, a great choral climax.
The Thame Choral Society usually performs in Thame, but they are no strangers to Haddenham. All their rehearsals take place in our Methodist Church and many of their singers live in Haddenham.
The choir is directed by Helen Swift, with utter musicality and much laughter. For anyone who likes singing (they don't do auditions) the choir is a wonderful opportunity to get to know these soul-stirring works from the inside.
See the website here.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
A number of local gardens will be open to visitors on the day of the traditional village fete once again this year — on Saturday 8th June.This year six gardens will be open, at:16 Church End (David and Angela Truesdale)The Malthouse, 4 Church End (Chris and Mary Wellby)9 Church End (Margaret Walshe)5 Flint Street (Ros Welch)15 Flint Street (Roderick and Cynthia Floud)Manor Farm...
Aperitif Recitals at St Mary's Church — Thursday May 23rd at 7pmAperitif Recitals is presenting the seventeenth of its almost astonishingly popular organ recital series. Perhaps these concerts are found to be so agreeable because the recital is short, no longer than forty minutes, and the audience enjoy wine and canapés as they both listen and watch.Video screens relay clear views for...
The Patient Participation Group in Haddenham is presenting a short play performed by The Human Story Theatre at Haddenham Library on Wednesday 22nd May at 7.00pm. The Human Story Theatre present Connie's Colander — a play about dementiaConnie is a retired domestic science teacher. Emily, her daughter, is enjoying hosting her first TV cookery show: Connie's Colander, bringing her...