On Saturday 25th March, Stour Choral Society entertained a full audience at Mistley Church with another stunning concert. The afternoon concert was filled with tension, drama and excitement as the choir worked its way through a stimulating program of music. Opening with the beauty and romanticism of Gabriel Fauré’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ they marched on through karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man’, a modern ‘mass for peace’ reflecting the horror of war but ultimate hope for peace, a poignant work for our time. From the darkness and angst of war, the second half of the program moved on to the pure joy of John Rutter’s ‘Magnificat’- full of unbridled praise for God, optimism, and celebration of the news that Mary will bear the son of God.
Many congratulations to Susie Rose for leading the choir in a wonderful performance with such passion and expression from the choir, to Stephen Smith for his skill in bringing the music alive with cellos and trumpets through his orchestral organ accompaniment, to Ben Steinitz for the dramatic effects of the drums, and of course to Anna Maria Rose, our soloist whose beautiful voice is a treat to listen to.
Thanks also to Laura Allison, Stephen’s page turner who does a crucial job , and to the many choir members and friends who work tirelessly in the background to ensure the smooth running of the choir and concerts. An extra special thanks goes to our audience and supporters without whom there would be no concerts! Thank you for coming.