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Uplifting choral concert

Picture from the Angus Choral Society concert last month which shows the soloists from left - Dominic Barbieri, James Slimings and Mary Kozlova.

Picture from the Angus Choral Society concert last month which shows the soloists from left - Dominic Barbieri, James Slimings and Mary Kozlova.

All present at Angus Choral Society’s confident performance of Haydn’s ‘Creation’ would have left feeling uplifted after their recent concert.

The concert was held in St John’s Episcopal Church in Forfar last Saturday.

The sopranos and altos were their usual reliable selves and the sound of the basses was good and their balance underpinned the choir extremely well; as for the tenors they were just superb, carrying their high notes with aplomb and were clearly heard at all times.

The choir was ably supported by the unsung heroes of the orchestra. Their quality of playing was very good indeed from a piece that has its challenging moments.

The flute and cello key special moments were executed so well, as did all the instruments, which all blended together, not least helped with some lovely key board playing.

A slight blip with tempo of orchestra and soloist was ably managed by Mary Veal and was a distant memory; such was the quality of the overall performance.

The three young soloists Mary Kozlova, soprano, James Slimings, tenor, and Dominic Barberi, baritone, were inspired choices and lifted the whole performance to something really special and their duets and trios were truly beautiful.

Whilst ‘The Heavens Are Telling’ was strangely very slightly subdued, ‘Most Beautiful Appear’, ‘The Lord Is Great’ and ‘By Thee With Bliss’ were superbly done with the choir playing their part to the full. Dominic Barberi has great presence and poise for his age and the confidence in his singing set the right tone from the start. James Slimings had the audience in the palm of his hand such was his power, diction and phrasing. His ‘In Native Worth’ was outstanding. Maria Kozlova, back by popular demand of the choir, was utterly compelling to listen to and added not a little operatic style to her very confident performance.

Mary Veal, musical director is to be congratulated for producing what must be one of the best performances by Angus Choral Society yet.

 

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