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Saturday 13th June 2015
French Choral Music of the Second Empire
Cherubini: Requiem
Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass
Harpenden Choral Society
High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden


Russian choral music
raises the roof
at concert

Performing unaccompanied Russian choral music from the 19th and 20th centuries would appear to be a daunting task. But Harpenden Choral Society gave every ounce of energy to performing a well-crafted programme of pieces by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Labinski, Chesnokov and Paert at High Street Methodist Church on 21st March.

The choir displayed a dynamic range of dramatic proportions, especially in “Let my prayer arise”. They made a joyful and energetic sound in “Mother of God and Virgin”, and a valuable contribution in “Blessed is the Man” came from the tenors who sang most lyrically.

The basses had a field day with the sonorous low notes which they projected very effectively by being positioned at the front. “O Praise Him” was robustly sung, particularly in the Alleluias. The sopranos shone in “The Lord’s Prayer” and the whole group presented an overall excellent sense of ensemble.

Supporting the choir, bass soloist Piotr Lempa sang eight songs full of drama and humour which, in his rich deep voice, he projected beautifully. He was accompanied by Vivien Powles who gave a superb performance.

John Andrews conducted with eloquence and the choir should be justly proud of this enterprising and enjoyable concert.

NEIL BUICK Herts Advertiser April 2015



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President: Hon. Alderman Chris Oxley