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A Shakespearian Evening
St Paul's Church, Wokingham

Given by the Wokingham Choral Society, the programme was compiled and conducted by Aidan Oliver Denny Lyster played the Organ and Piano and the readings were handled by Paddy Haycock. Guest soloist and accompanist with his Double Bass was Malcolm Creese. he evening got off to a good start with the choir singing a group of five Tudor period madrigals, by Morley, Farmer and Gibbons.

Then the choir again with Vaughan Williams' 'In Windsor Forest' a cantata for mixed voices in five parts. After the interval we heard a choral suite for mixed voices by the jazz pianist, George Shearing called Music to Hear. In four parts taken from Shakespeare's sonnets and songs from his plays. Starting sadly and slowly but finishing in a swinging style more associated with Mr. Shearing. Then we heard a most interesting and toe-tapping improvisation on the double-base by Malcolm Creese. Finally the choir sang another choral suite for mixed voices, called Birthday Madrigals by John Rutter. In three parts it was not usual Rutter fare. The second half ended with the well deserved appreciation of the large audience.

 Rosemary Bayliss