Review: May Day Madrigals

Now is the month of Maying! If ever there was a day to wake up early and hear a choir sing to celebrate the coming of spring, it is on the first of May for the annual May Day Madrigals.

The calm and bright morning was duly complemented by the rich and sonorous sounds of Marlborough College Chamber Choir, divinely gracing the assembled crowd from the top of the Bradleian arches.

Mendelssohn’s tender For He Shall Give His Angels preceded a warm and meditative performance of Sleeping Golden Cloud by Tchaikovsky. As is customary of this May Morning Oxonian tradition, Thomas Morley’s aforementioned spirited ballett sings of new opportunities and possibilities for all in the coming season.

Many thanks to the Chamber Choir. A great way to begin the morning!

Ross Norman
Graduate Music Assistant

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