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from the Wokingham Times, December 2007

Hallelujah Chorus is right royal flourish
Reading University Great Hall

The evening marked a milestone in the history of Wokingham Choral Society: it was the first concert under their new musical director, Alexander Chaplin.

The general theme of the programme of music by Handel, Mozart and Haydn was that it had been performed at important royal occasions.

The opening piece,Handel's My Heart is Inditing, was played at the coronation of Queen Caroline, the consort of George II. The tone of the second and third movements of this were appropriately gentle and were smoothly sung by the responsive choir. There was a firm beat to the triumphant closing sections.

Amy Moore was the soloist in Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate. Her clear soprano simply flowed - and she brought out the full beauty of the familiar Alleluia movement with all its trills. Haydn's Te Deum was sung by the choir with crisp clarity and neat responses to the changes of mood.

Mozart's Coronation Mass in C was also sung with precise attention to detail. In the Kyrie there was an emphasis on the key words; the Credo was as triumphant as it should be; the Amen was an affirmation. The soloists with the choir and the Excelsis Chamber Orchestra combined in a reverent Agnus Dei.

We were treated to a final surprise: a rousing and exciting performance of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus.

  Rosemary Bayliss