from the Wokingham Times, November 2005
IN a memorable concert to commemorate the end of the Second World War, Wokingham Choral Society and Reading Festival Chorus combined forces to entertain a large audience.
Accompanied by the Brandenburg Sinfonia, conducted by Aidan Oliver, they sang The Armed Man (A Mass for Peace) by Karl Jenkins and Mozart's Requiem.
To set the concert going, the Berkshire Youth Choir, conducted by Peter Hunt, sang In the Heart of the World, an amalgam of sacred and secular songs.
Outstanding for its excellent blend, exquisite balance and pathos were Parry's Never weather-beaten Sail, the poignant The Lamb! by Tavener and Chilcott's soulful In the heart of the World.
Tamesis Chamber Choir, conducted by Louise Rapple, contributed with the lovely O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, giving it a particularly lovely finale.
After the interval, Wokingham and Reading Festival Choirs, accompanied by the Brandenburg Sinfonia, sang The Armed Man, cleverly delineating the syncopation, powerfully exposing the sheer drama, beautifully revealing the lyrical phrasing in the exquisite cello phrasing of the interlude.
One of the finest performances was delivered by the two chief choirs in their singing of Mozart's Requiem.
With the solo parts being sung by four superb young artists in Claire Booth, soprano, Caitlin Hulcup, mezzo-soprano, Andrew Staples, tenor and Matthew Rose, bass, they joined with the choirs in creating a wonderful interpretation of Mozart's last work.
Choral entries were clear and confident with lovely soprano tone and exciting atmosphere as required with a triumphant Benedictus before the finale. Congratulations are due to all who participated in this memorable event.