March concert 2019

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The Society performs three concerts with the orchestra and chorus every year in the Haslemere Hall. An additional orchestral concert is held in St Christopher’s Church, Weyhill, often featuring a soloist from within the orchestra.

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Orchestral and Choral Concert

May 4, 2019Chorus and OrchestraHaslemere Hall

Works:

Jenkins A Mass for Peace: The Armed Man
Shostakovich Symphony No.9

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The orchestra and chorus of the Haslemere Musical Society gave a most moving performance of Haydn’s, The Creation, at Haslemere Hall on Saturday 2nd March. Supported by three very fine soloists, the society delighted their large audience with a concert that was by turns witty, moving, solemn and joyous.

This tuneful work has captivated audiences worldwide for over 200 years and Saturday’s audience, aged eight to over eighty, united in prolonged applause. In

the orchestra, the strings captured elegantly the subtle changes of rhythm, while the wind section filled with life the graceful vignettes of Haydn’s colourful picture-painting.

The HMS choir had rehearsed the resounding choruses under new Choral Director, Cole Bendall (pictured, leftmost) – their first concert together. He said, “The feedback received already has been very encouraging and I’m glad to hear that both members and audience felt satisfied at what we produced together … I’m delighted at our progress in a short period of time and look forward to much more.”

Joining him in the photograph are the conductor, eminent HMS Musical Director, Dr. James Ross, flanked by a trio of archangels: Raphael (l) – sung by baritone Jon Stainsby, who brought to life the menagerie of ‘cheerful roaring lions’ and ‘flexible tigers’; Uriel – tenor Philip O’Brien (co-founder of Haslemere Singing Studio and ‘Imagine That’ community arts organization); and Gabriel (r) – soprano Susan Young who, doubling as Eve, brought a tender yearning to the world’s first love duet.

At their next concert on 4th May the orchestra and choir will perform Sir Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’. Tickets for what promises to be a memorable evening are available at Haslemere Hall.

Further comments from another satisfied customer:

Haydn’s Creation seems from a singer’s perspective to be such a well crafted work, which clearly benefits from the composer’s great experience and mastery. The soloists, HMS choir and orchestra gave a spirited and much appreciated rendering.

The clear delivery by the excellent soloists as well as the chorus meant the words, that manifestly and for obvious reasons, owe nothing to any notion of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ or modern gender equality could be well appreciated.

In contrast the orchestral playing in the introduction allowed us to appreciate just how far ahead of its time Haydn’s writing seems here in its arresting scoring for the representation of pre-creation chaos. The charming and simple, not to say naive, sentiment of the words was amplified by highlighting, with descriptive orchestral writing and especially the soloists delivery, animal species including the worm, (and coincidentally about who’s importance modern science is now so concerned).

With the choral writing’s many glorious passages given their due weight by HMS choir it all made for a great music making and potentially thought provoking evening.

 

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