Last week Nottingham Bach Choir, under the direction of Paul Hale, made their own contribution to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a concert of stirring and joyful music, including Parry’s ‘I was glad’, and Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’. ‘The concert opened with a rousing version of the National Anthem (the second verse was printed in the programme for those who were a bit hazy about the words!)
Much as I love Vivaldi, the highlight of the evening for me was David Machell’s ‘Gloria’. This finished the first half of the concert, following Haydn’s Little Organ Mass. The dress rehearsal in the afternoon had produced a few worried glances so we were anxious about getting it right. But all was well, the choir pulled out all the stops for the last thrilling climax, and we were greatly relieved to see David leap to his feet with delight and come forward to shake the conductor’s hand!
The concert received an excellent review from the Nottingham Evening Post – cited on the Choir website…www.nottinghambachchoir.org.uk