Over 70 people enjoyed a performance in Shorne Church by the Higham Choral Group on a return visit.
Under their conductor Richard Shackleton they started by performing four choruses from Brahms’ German Requiem. This work, completed in 1869, has been described as a protestant equivalent of the Catholic requiem mass.
During the interval the audience enjoyed a galss of cava and an enormous selection of canapees. This opportunity to mingle and talk turned the concert into an enjoyable social event as well.
The second half consisted of a selection of smaller and more ‘popular’ items separated by a piano solo by choir member David Chapman who played Chopin’s Nocturne in G Major. The individual skills of some of the choir’s members was also displayed by the performance of Adoramus composed by Frazer Westmorland and the contribution to an excerpt from Rizza’s Fountain of Life by Charlotte Westmorland on the flute and a solo by Frazer. The choir also sang a jolly arrangement of The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by David Chapman.
Other items were Ubi Caritas and Tantum Ergo by Durufle, The Seal Lullaby by Whiteacre, Hallelujah by Cohen and finally two ‘pop’ items, Super Trouper and Barbara Ann.
There will be other opportunities to hear the Group:
20th July at St Mary’s Church, Higham
14th December at St John’s Church Higham
Our thanks go to the choir and also to June & Jack Wilkins and their team for organising this event which raised £210 for Shorne Church roof appeal.