Eye Bach Choir
TONY COOPER Eye Church
This Christmas concert drew a full and appreciative house, and opened with a seasoned performance of 'Jauchzet, frohlocket' from JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
Conductor Adrian Knott set a brisk and joyous tempo, with bold timpani and some particularly fine trumpet playing being more than matched by a choir on top form.
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Morten Lauridsen's setting of O Magnum Mysterium followed, performed acapella to almost magical effect in the wonderful surroundings of a darkened church.
The Corelli Christmas Concerto - an audience favourite if ever there was one - started with an impressively lively vivace and ended with the familiarly calm and reassuring largo after some fine solo work from Geoff Barker (leader), Zbys Kaznowski (violin) and Guy Johnson (cello).
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Among the other highlights, an engaging Father Christmas appeared in Barrie Golding to sing a splendidly bucolic rendition of the 15th-century carol Sir Christmas with the choir, who followed it with the modern setting of the same work by William Matthias.