Keswick Hall Choir

MICHAEL DRAKE Billed as 'Passiontide Reflections', a dozen or so items were sung by this choir under the usual positive direction of John Aplin, with an artistry and spirituality to guide one into Holy Week In fact, KHC were on top form on Saturday at Norwich Cathedral, gelling entirely from the soaring opening of the Allegri Miserere with its so effective, remote quartet, to the atmospheric Five Spirituals from Tippet's A Child of our Time, which encapsulated precision with feeling and dynamics with subtlety which so impressed in every piece.

MICHAEL DRAKE

Billed as 'Passiontide Reflections', a dozen or so items were sung by this choir under the usual positive direction of John Aplin, with an artistry and spirituality to guide one into Holy Week

In fact, KHC were on top form on Saturday at Norwich Cathedral, gelling entirely from the soaring opening of the Allegri Miserere with its so effective, remote quartet, to the atmospheric Five Spirituals from Tippet's A Child of our Time, which encapsulated precision with feeling and dynamics with subtlety which so impressed in every piece.

Lotti's Crucifixus a8 was beautifully controlled in projecting rich, enveloping sound – Caldara's version in 16 parts did not have the same clarity – while Messiaen's O Sacrum Convivium provided a vocal oasis of thoughtful remoteness in contrast to an ethereal choral experience in Tavener's Thunder Entered Her (in which David Dunnett on the main organ added the dark thunder).

It all confirmed that KHC is a first-class ensemble which sings with care a purity of tone, balance and uplifting musicality.

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