Review: Choral Society Concert

The Marlborough College Choral Society were under the expert direction of Alex Hodgkinson

The Choral Society Concert of 2014, held on Sunday 23rd March, proved an absolutely fabulous occasion. 

The choice of two great (but hugely contrasting works) by the genius Mozart was inspired and both the Coronation Mass and the Requiem were superbly delivered by the Marlborough College Choral Society under the expert direction of Alex Hodgkinson who clearly enjoyed the experience – as well he might.

The Choral Society were on fine form producing a rich, full sound with notable support from the College Chapel Choir, and with four fine soloists in Nicki Kennedy, Laura Trayhurn, John Bowley and Robert Rice, the result was a performance brimming with energy, drama, passion, sensitivity and an overwhelming sense of musicality.

The mastermind behind this extraordinary performance was the new Director of the Choral Society, Alex Hodgkinson whose expert preparation of the choir and excellent conducting on the night brought the whole occasion together to the delight of a packed chapel. Mozart is a firm favourite with most performers and audiences alike.  Played well it’s a winner, played badly it’s a disaster – so what made this performance so special? The answer perhaps lies in the freshness of the performance – flowing tempi, good shapes and colours, crisp articulation and, for the most part, good ensemble. The orchestra were very much a part of the success and a special mention should be given trombonist, Joe Arkwright (L6 SU) for his special solo contribution to the Tuba Mirum in the Requiem.

All in all an occasion to remember to add to the vast amount of incredible music making taking place at the College throughout the 2013/2014 season.

Bravo indeed.

Philip Dukes
Artistic Director

Click here to view a gallery of images from the event.

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