The Nottingham Bach Choir chose a different venue for their Autumn concert, the Albert Hall in Nottingham. This magnificent Victorian building served as a concert hall then Methodist mission, before being bought by the City Council in the 80s and refurbished as a concert and conference venue.
As in the summer we had the opportunity to work on a piece by a contemporary composer; this time it was Andrew Carter, who was due to attend the concert. It was an interesting programme; Laudate Dominum by Carter, Bob Chilcott’s Credo, and culminated in Rutter’s Requiem.
There were technical difficulties to overcome in the venue; the concert demanded a split choir, and we were physically separated by the organ in the middle of the stage. We only heard each other once the sound had travelled to the back of the hall and bounced back, with a slight delay. So everyone had to work hard to follow the conductor and allow for this. I’m pleased to say we pulled it off, and Paul said at a later rehearsal that it was one of our best performances.
Andrew Carter came to the dressing room to give us a pep talk, and beamed broadly throughout the performance,which was very encouraging! The Rutter was a delight to sing, and we had an excellent soloist, Nicki Kennedy, whose voice soared effortlessly and sublimely above the choir.