Leicestershire Chorale
Next event: Verdi Requiem: 40th Anniversary Concert, Sunday 19 November

Review of Laudibus in Sanctis - Psalms, Praises and Laudations

Saturday 15 October 2011

John Bence, Leicester Early Music Festival, Apr 2012.

We are fortunate in Leicestershire to have so many excellent choirs and choral societies. Most of our county towns can boast a choral society and the city itself has many fine choral groups of varying sizes.

However, this doesn’t just happen out of the blue. A good choir needs strong leadership and someone in charge who commands both respect and affection and can inspire his or her forces to achieve results of which they can be proud. This sense of achievement and discovery keeps the interest and makes rehearsals both enjoyable and challenging.

The Leicestershire Chorale is a choir that has had a succession of inspiring musical directors including Paul McCreesh, who was in charge for over a decade and is world-renowned for his achievements in the field of early music. McCreesh is now the Chorale’s Patron and the current musical director is Tom Williams, another outstanding musician who has all the qualities listed above - and more - as is apparent when listening to the Chorale’s newly released CD: “Laudibus in Sanctis”.

The contents of the CD give a good idea of the choir’s repertoire and range from Thomas Tallis born in 1505 to Ruth Almgill born in 1977 and includes works by Weelkes, Byrd, Bach, Purcell, Monteverdi, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wood, Stanford, Langlais and Leighton.

All the items are performed with that mixture of technical excellence, sensitivity and insight we have come to expect from the Chorale under Williams and accompanists David Cowen (organ) and Peter and Margaret Williams (piano). The quality of the recording, made in Chapel of Uppingham School has just the right amount of resonance and gives the sound a wonderful “bloom”. CDs are available at Chorale concerts.

To buy a CD price £10 contact Ann @ dwh@globalnet.co.uk

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