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from the Wokingham Times, April 2008

...the choir responded splendidly and with conviction
Eton College School Hall

MEMBERS of a choral group hit the high notes to wow an audience at Eton College last month.

Wokingham Choral Society was joined for its spring concert at the venue by two pianists, five percussionists, three soloists and Spelthorne Young Voices for the programme of 20th Century music.

The concert opened with Ravel's Mother Goose Suite. Next the choir performed songs by Grieg with exquisite tone and phrasing.

Before the interval the mood changed with songs from The Passing Year by Jonathan Dove, written for the Millennium in eight parts and accompanied by percussion and two pianos.

The final work was Orff's Carmina Burana, composed in 1937, in an arrangement using all the assembled resources.

Robin Eaglen said: "The performance contained too many fine moments for mention. However, particularly impressive, as throughout the concert, were the pianists Eileen Broster and Christopher Cromar, impeccably supported by the five percussionists.

The soloists were outstanding, the singing and stage presence of the baritone, Grant Doyle, as the disreputable abbot in Ego sum Abbas and of Helen Massey in the poignant In Trutina being unforgettable. Alex Chaplin conducted the ensemble with panache and expressive variations of tempo and mood, and the choir responded splendidly and with conviction".

The Society's next concert is a celebration of verses and music entitled Tune Thy Music to Thy Heart at All Saints Church in Wokingham on Saturday, June 14.