Arts diary: Festival coup with big chorus; Choral Arts Society of Washington Chester Cathedral.Byline: Glyn Mn Hughes
WE'VE come to expect some quite serious singing at the Chester Summer Music Festival.
While choral singing tends to abound in to possess in such abundance as to be characterized by.
See also: Abound festivals centred round cathedrals, few can have managed quite the coup the Chester organisers managed to pull off, in attracting one of the United States' premier choruses.
Fresh from their performance at the first night of The Proms For the BBC concerts, see .
The Night of the Proms is a series of concerts held yearly in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain. The concerts consist of a combination of pop music and popular classical music (often combined) and various well-known musicians and in London, the Choral Arts Society of Washington came to a big welcome.
The opening piece, Bach's short Cantata No 118, demonstrated some excellent control, and was subtly supported by the wind section of the Manchester Camerata, conducted by the chorus's music director Norman Scriber. The high point had to be Bruckner's Mass No 2 in E minor, a spellbinding spell·bind
tr.v. spell·bound , spell·bind·ing, spell·binds
To hold under or as if under a spell; enchant or fascinate.
[Back-formation from spellbound. performance of great power.
There was a marvellous crescendo in the Kyrie while the Gloria often showed a magnificent contrast of piano and forte. The men might have been a little unstable in the Credo but that was a minor distraction in what was a great performance.
Add to that some moving arrangements of three spirituals and an amusing performance of Copland's Old American Songs and the ice was partly broken.
They also included a witty, full-blooded performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, dispensing with the orchestra and using organ. Though played manfully man·ful
Having or showing the bravery and resoluteness considered characteristic of a man. See Synonyms at male.
manful·ly adv. by Graham Eccles, it did not work so well. Treble soloist James Andrews, however, displayed excellent control.There was also a performance of Barber's Agnus Dei to round off a rather special night of choral singing.