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from the Wokingham Standard, June 2004

Society shows flair and skill in challenging concert
All Saints Church, Wokingham

THERE were some very bright stars performing at this concert. Laurie Brook, a 13-year-old treble chorister at St Margaret's Westminster, sang the solo part of Psalm 23 in Bernsteins's Chichester Psalms beautifully. His true, mellow voice radiated the peace of the words of "The Lord is my Shepherd..." just perfectly.
Lucy Wakeford, the celebrated international harpist, played two movements from Britten's Suite for Harp. Her interpretation of the Overture with its flashy chords was exciting and the variations in the Hymn were astonishing.
Bene't Coldstream sang the fourth and fifth sections from Finzi's Dies Natalis with expressive feelings of wonder and respect. His gentle tenor suited the reflective mood of Traherne's poems.The organ solo in was played by the society's accompanist, Denny Lister.

The concert began with Haydn's bright Te Deum for the Empress Marie Therese. Equally bright was Chilcott's Jubilate with its unusual contrasts. Later we heard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. The lovely Adonai, Adonai was smooth and the peaceful Psalm 133 tranquil. It was an adventurous programme, full of challenges and surprises, which the choir confronted with their usual skill. It all made for an interesting and stimulating evening.

Their next concert is in November - Carmina Burana - and is something to look forward to.

  Rosemary Bayliss