Reviews

Here you will find reviews and comments about the choir.

Family Concert June 2011

Concert Review: North West Children’s Honour Choir: celebrating its fifth year.

Saturday 11th June 2011 in Preston marked a series of celebrations by three very different choirs. The event was a family concert given by the North West Children’s Honour Choir, the Lancaster Singers and Blackburn Central Youth Choir. The venue was Fulwood Methodist Church, recently refurbished and celebrating its Centenary Year.

The Honour Choir came together for its fifth year under the direction of Bob Chilcott, who once again managed to fit three Saturdays into his busy schedule to rehearse and conduct this young choir. Their programme consisted of The Sparrow’s Carol (Chilcott), which Bob arranged in an upper voices version for the event. It was sung in a clear, confident and lively style, the suitably spikey opening and lightly syncopated accompaniment contrasting with the gently flowing middle section before the return of the lightly contrapuntal main theme. Next came a very focussed and touching performance of Caccini’s Ave Maria arranged by Jonathan Wikely. The choir created a pleasing vocal blend to deliver the sweetly smooth and sustained melody. This was followed by an exciting and highly entertaining performance of Stephen Deazley’s The Circus where the choir rose to the challenge of the complex interweaving of texts and rhythms with great assurance. The Witch’s Song by John Maxwell Geddes – a challenge for both choir and accompanist – was sung with energy and humour and wonderful expressive detail.  Finally Bob’s much-loved and moving Can you Hear Me was delivered with touching simplicity.

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Italy Explored

Review of ‘Italy Explored,’ Saturday 19th March 2011, by Martin Widden

Under the direction of their Italian Director Marco Fanti the Lancaster Singers brought a varied and unusual programme of Italian sacred music to Morecambe Parish Church on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Highlights of the programme were Cherubini’s Credo for 8 voices, which deployed the Singers in 2 separate choirs and organist Ian Hare’s performance of 2 pieces by Frescobaldi (organist of St Peter’s Rome in the early 17th century) and 2 pieces by Marco Bossi (a notable Italian organist of the 19th and early 20th centuries).  These items were brilliantly played by Ian Hare, who was the founding director of the Singers in 1975. He is now Director of Music at Crosthwaite Church Keswick. The showpiece Bossi Scherzo made full use of the organist’s and the organ’s capacities and received enthusiastic applause.

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Future Concerts

A Winter Day

Saturday 25th November 2017 7.30 pm, Lancaster Priory

Schutz:     Selig sind die Toten

Quartel:    A Winter Day

Bruch:       Kol Nidrei  (Instrumental for 'Cello and Piano)

Tavener:   Svyati

Duruflé:    Requiem

 


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