The Renaissance Singers
MICHAEL DRAKE Wymondham Abbey
This is the year when we can glory in the nine centuries of the Abbey and on Sunday afternoon, music of some antiquity (mostly 16th century) was sung there by a chamber choir formed some 60 years ago in London. Much of that music will have been heard before during the Abbey's history but probably not in this contemporary format.
Directed by JanJoost van Elburg, the singers soon gave Hugh Aston's “Ava Maria” the harder edge of medieval vocal sounds whilst weaving the lines into impressive crescendi, as they did in Edmund Turges's Magnificat. The scale of the work is quite extraordinary but the voices hardly ever flagged.
This scale was surpassed by the “Salve Regini” of William Cornysh (whether senior or junior) who obviously had little sympathy for sopranos and set their line consistently high and again they showed little sign of tiring.
- 1 Norfolk village named among poshest places to live in the UK
- 2 Couple explores Norfolk homes in Escape to the Country
- 3 What is this mystery tower that has sprung up in Norwich?
- 4 'Fantastic, loving, cheeky' 19-year-old killed in motorbike crash
- 5 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
- 6 Drunk student crashed into hotel wall after drinking tequilas
- 7 MAPPED: Where thousands of homes could be built in north Norfolk
- 8 'Ghetto' fears raised over scheme for 725 new homes
- 9 Pub landlord threatened to kill man he chased through streets with axe
- 10 Which Norfolk hospital has the longest ambulance handovers?