Tallis Chamber Choir, Alexander Players

TONY COOPER Norwich Cathedral


This choir, named after the great Renaissance composer, performed works by two composers who were at the heart of the flourishing Baroque period in the 18th century, Bach and Handel, in a special concert in aid of the cathedral's Campaign for the Future Appeal.

The Cathedral Girls' Choir were on the platform, complementing very well, with their young and energetic voices, the more experienced members of the Tallis choir.

Handel's Zadok the Priest – a majestic work – was the perfect piece to start with, the opening passages highlighting some accurate playing from the orchestra with the oboes and bassoons perfectly balanced against the strings leading thrillingly into the great choral entry Zadok the Priest.

Bach's Magnificat was the final work in a very entertaining programme, which drew thunderous applause from a capacity audience at the end.

The choir will be at Snape Maltings next month performing a masterpiece of the 20th century, Britten's War Requiem.