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from the Wokingham Times, December 2008

...The Shepherd's Farewell was beautiful, well-balanced and smooth.
All Saints Church,Wokingham

WOKINGHAM Choral Society's conductor, Alexander Chaplin, introduced the selection of Christmas carols which this year had the theme of the shepherds in the story running through it.

They ranged from Rutter's Quem Pastores Laudaveres to the French traditional Noël Nouvelet with its variations by Dupré.

They sang Rutter's amusing arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas where they faced up successfully to the ever-increasing tempo without stumbling or losing their usual clear diction.

Ding Dong Merrily was light and pretty. Their reflective singing of Berlioz' The Shepherd's Farewell was beautiful, well-balanced and smooth.

The stars of the occasion were the choir from Keep Hatch Primary School who, under their music teacher Anne Haycocks, sang two lively, catchy Caribbean songs. They were perfectly confident and obviously enjoyed the complex rhythms. Their negotiation of the intricate music was impressive.

The concert was in aid of this year's mayor's charity, the Me2 Club. It is for people aged between five and 19 years who enable them to join in all sorts of activities that our young people enjoy, from football to It was a lovely concert in aid worthwhile charity.

  Rosemary Bayliss