ANGUS Choral Society presented their spring concert before a large and appreciative audience at St John’s Episcopal Church in Forfar last Saturday, April 16.
Under the expert direction of Mary Veal, the choir displayed some remarkable effects in tonal variation, great power and beautifully controlled soft singing as demanded by the scores.
The audience was thrilled to hear the sopranos reaching dizzy heights with such confidence and the basses having to dig deeper to soar beyond their comfort zone.
The first half of the programme consisted of Parry’s ‘I was glad’, CV Stanford’s ‘Justorum animae’ and ‘Beati quorum via’ and finally Balfour Gardiner’s ‘Evening Hymn’.
The choral pieces were interspersed with some delightful short organ solos from the same era by Graeme Stevenson who also provided well-balanced support to the choir.
The second half the programme was devoted to the Angus premiere of a much lesser known work by the American composer, Morten Lauridsen ‘Lux Aeterna’. The five movements were performed without a break, accompanied by the most skilled ensemble giving much tonal and dynamic colour to the performance.
This modern piece is full of angular part writing and atonal harmonies which certainly stretched the choir’s courage and ability to the extreme. But it was clear that the hard work in rehearsals paid off and the challenge was faced full on and overcome.
The performance was dedicated to the memory of one of the choir members, Sylvia Ramsay, who, sadly, passed away recently.