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Mozart: memorably memorised

We did it! Mozart from memory was an enormous success. Lovely review below from Roger Hunter, Lea Singer, who this time was in the audience.

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“Saturday 28th March saw a packed St Nicholas Church witness an outstanding concert.  The flagship piece was Mozart’s seminal unfinished Requiem, however the first half had plenty to offer as well.  Two Bach motets, Lobet hen Herrn and Jesu, meine Freude sandwiched CPE Bach’s Symphony in C major.  The singing of the motets was impressively sharp conveying the beautiful and satisfyingly structured Jesu, meine Freude in particular with a verve that lit up the first half.  Accompanied by Adrian Butterfield’s impressive orchestra, who delighted the audience with Bach’s engaging symphony, the choir delivered on its justified reputation as one of the most accomplished local choirs around.

“The second half, as mentioned previously, belonged exclusively to the Requiem.  The entire piece was conducted off book by choir and soloists, illustrating the dedication of the choir to their outstanding director Ben Goodson.  It has long been Ben’s ambition to do a significant work by memory, believing it would allow the piece to become part of the choir’s soul and this was clear from the performance.  With a quartet of outstanding soloists, the piece’s inherent drama and vibrancy was only accentuated by the choir’s engagement with the conductor and consequently also the audience, aptly manifesting the programme’s point that Mozart’s Requiem lies between Faure’s and Verdi’s in both spiritual reflectiveness and drama respectively.

“It was hard to pick a standout movement, however the ringing clarity of the Sanctus and the juxtaposition of the menacing and lyrical in the Confutatis, were particularly memorable.  A justified long ovation for all involved rounded off a thoroughly satisfying and cultural feast.  The Lea Singers’ next concert will offer something very different as it is a feast of American music on the 5th July.  However I have no doubt it will as accomplished an event as this one.”

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