Praise for Bach’s St John Passion, March 2016
‘Truly moving … and got better and better as the performance went on. Thank you to all for the work, effort and skill to make a truly spiritual experience.’
‘Great concert this evening, Keele. Thank you.’
‘Enjoyed the St. John Passion – love the baroque sound of the flute in the duet with voice in Part 1.’
‘Triumphant 40th Anniversary concert.’
‘Thanks, Keele Bach Choir, for a lovely Johannespassion.’
Christmas Concert 2015
Keele Bach Choir’s 40th anniversary started with a real bang! Our November concert featured the rousing Carmina Burana and a specially commissioned Fanfare and Meditation: To Music by Richard Norris.
This was a rich musical feast which covered the whole gamut of emotion from angelic to zesty! We were delighted to be joined by children from two local schools who sang like angels in Carmina Burana. Another treat was provided by Keele music students who delivered exhilarating brass and percussion in both works (we particularly liked the buzzy-bee castanets!). Our accompanist Peter Durrant threw himself into Carmina’s propulsive rhythms and massive chords with his usual enthusiasm and flair. The fantastic professional soloists David le Prevost, Jennifer Rust and Matthew Minter wow’d us with their vocal prowess. And finally, respect to Matt Hamilton who succeeded in uniting all these disparate elements in a coherent whole.
It was also a privilege to give the first ever performance of Richard Norris’s Fanfare and Meditation: To Music. The talented Richard, our Composer-in-Residence, sings bass in the Choir and wrote the piece to celebrate our Ruby Anniversary. Huge congratulations to the four soloists from our very own ranks! If you missed Fanfare first time round, there’s another chance to catch it in our summer concert. And for those of you who were at the première: it just keeps getting better each time you hear it!