Concerts and Reviews
Andrew Parnell 20th Anniversary Concert
Saturday 9th April 2022, 7:30 pm, Ely Cathedral.
Our next concert will celebrate Andrew Parnell’s 20th season as the Musical Director of Ely Choral Society and be performed on Saturday 9th April 2022 at 7:30 pm in the Ely Cathedral.
The programme will be Ein Deutsches Reqiuem by Johannes Brahms and Alpha and Omega by Andrew Parnell commissioned by the Choral Society to celebrate Andrew’s 20th season.
Soloists will be Tara Bungard soprano, Jeremy Burrows baritone and Maurice and Thanea Hodges piano conducted by Andrew Parnell.
Tickets will be available online from the Ely Cathedral website in February 2022.
Review of Ely Choral Society’s concert on Saturday 19th October 2019 in Ely Cathedral
Ely Choral Society, under the directorship of Andrew Parnell, produced wonderful sounds on Saturday night in Ely Cathedral. There were great moments of beautiful sonority and cohesion. Word pictures were particularly impressive and contrasts were clearly and meaningfully exploited.
The soloists were Rebecca Duckworth (soprano) and Jonathan Midgley (baritone) and the organist was Glen Dempsey. They were highly commendable with the organist managing the instrument magnificently making it far more expressive than I thought possible. Rebecca’s delightful tone, clarity and expertise enhanced the concert wonderfully. The baritone, Jonathan Midgley, brought his solos alive with his attention to expression.
The balanced programme included works by Haydn, Fauré, and Mozart. The opening ‘Insanæ et vanæ curæ‘ by Haydn captured the audience’s attention immediately with its powerful and dramatic impact. This was contrasted by the lovely performance of the peaceful and calm ‘Pavane‘ by Fauré. Then Glen Dempsey performed ‘Fantasia in F minor‘ by Mozart, playing the most rapid of notes with absolute clarity as assurance. A fine performance of Haydn’s ‘Missa Brevis S. Joannis de Deo‘ (Hob XX11) by Ely Choral Society and the organist lead us to the interval.
The highlight of the evening for me was Fauré’s Requiem that formed the second half of the programme. These first-rate performers captured every sumptuous effect in Fauré’s score making the music exquisite, emotive, dark, mysterious or dramatic as the score dictated.
The was indeed a wonderful concert. The next event by Ely Choral Society will be their ‘Christmas Celebrations‘ with family Carols on Saturday 14th December at St Mary’s Church at 7pm.
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