Packed audience enjoys Beethoven 9 and Vivaldi Gloria

Sunday 15 March saw St George’s College, Weybridge hold its annual choral concert in the College chapel. A host of forces combined in their great number, including both College and Chamber Choirs, the Choral Society and the professional Sinfonia orchestra, to stage Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

The Vivaldi opened the concert with solos from Molly Parker, Sara Hill, Becky Muggeridge and Georgie Agnew, all of whom performed with great panache and aplomb. The first half of the concert was packed with style, and the famous choral movements were enjoyed by a very appreciative audience, evident in the long applause at the end.

Beethoven’s revered Ninth Symphony was the second half of the evening’s programme. This gargantuan work, immense in all aspects, explored a variety of sound worlds and emotions. The excitement and trepidation of the opening movement soon exploded into a flurry of sound, the contrasting themes being vibrantly communicated by the orchestra under the expert direction of Ms Tansy Castledine. The Scherzo movement was thunderous, whilst the third movement provided an extended moment of reflective poignancy.

The famous finale saw our four soloists, Elizabeth Weisberg (soprano), Lucie Špičková (alto), Mark Chaundy (tenor) and James Birchall (baritone) join the orchestra before the choirs arose to declaim the eagerly anticipated ‘Ode to Joy’ theme. A great climax was met with rapturous applause at the end of the concert, with an audience member afterwards declaring the concert to be that of the standard they regularly see in London’s professional concert halls. 

17 March 2015

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