King's Lynn Festival Chorus
ALISON CROOSE St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn
St Nicholas' Chapel, King's Lynn
For the hundreds who packed the chapel's vast space, Christmas began when the chorus burst into song.
The combination of excellent singing of seasonal music in a splendid setting plus plenty of audience participation makes the concert a “must” on the December calendar.
Key to the choir's ongoing success is their good fortune in having leading British choral director, Michael Kibblewhite, continually lifting them to new
heights. He is inspired by the chapel's superb acoustics to devise a programme full of interest from its spine-tingling opening candlelit procession accompanying a Medieval chant. The talents of individuals were highlighted when sopranos Alex Saunders and Sarah Mawby were soloists in Vivaldi's Laudamus Te and tenor John Bennett sang the solo part in O Holy Night.
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Chorus - and audience - were challenged by Judith Bingham's atmospheric contemporary work, Epiphany, and, in lighter vein, delighted by a Botswanan carol and Michael Kibblewhite's arrangement of Sleigh Ride.