King's Lynn Festival Chorus

ALISON CROOSE The new-look, strengthened chorus made an impressive debut with a performance which earned them hundreds of admirers.

ALISON CROOSE

The new-look, strengthened King's Lynn Festival Chorus made an impressive debut with a performance which earned them hundreds of admirers.

Their programme, The Glory of Christmas by Candlelight, ranged from traditional carols to delightful arrangements of lesser known works, including lively songs from the Caribbean.

Every available seat at St Margaret's Church was occupied by a huge audience which was thoroughly entertained.

Renowned choral director, Michael Kibblewhite, has inspired the chorus of nearly 100 voices to new heights and turned his infectious enthusiasm on the audience to foster their vocal talents.

Everyone joined in seasonal favourites as well as Mr Kibblewhite's arrangement of a calypso-style Christ Was Born on Christmas Day.

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But the evening belonged to the chorus, which has been inspired by their director to become a significant tour de force on the Norfolk music scene.

They clearly enjoyed works such as Handel's Glory of the Lord from the Messiah, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols – with Stephen Jones an excellent soloist – and Bach's Christians Be Joyful.

Julian Wilkins displayed significant talents on organ and piano and West Norfolk Youth Choir, conducted by Pat Pressling, made refreshing contributions.

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