King's Lynn Chorus

This concert at St Margaret's Church was the final performance of the King's Lynn Chorus under musical director John Jordan.

By DAVID JOHNSON

Saturday's concert at St Margaret's Church was the final performance of the King's Lynn Chorus under musical director John Jordan.

When the chorus reforms after his summer break it will be as the King's Lynn Festival Chorus with a new musical director, Michael Kibblewhite, already well known in choral circles in the area.

The concert was accompanied by the King's Lynn Sinfonia, leader Jane Footitt, which from its opening piece Handl's The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, displayed impressive tone, cohesive playing and strict observance of dynamics.

The chorus made its entrance with Handl's Chandos Anthem No 8 Oh Come Let Us Sing Unto The Lord, displaying a rich choral sound (re-inforced by the thunderstorm raging overhead!), soprano soloist locally born Laurie Gethin's clear ringing voice, handled with ease, the florid vocal writing as it carried throughout St Margaret's.

Tenor, Andrew Locke Nicholson's lower register was unfortunately, frequently, inaudible, perhaps due to the acoustic properties of the church, a problem that persisted with the main work of the evening, Mozart's final composition, his requiem.

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The team of soloists was completed by Alison Underhay (mezzo soprano) and Stephen Jones (bass) both bringing outstanding voices to the ensemble.

It was John Jordan's wish that this should be his final work with KLC and his affection for it was evident in the performance drawn from his forces.

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