Haverhill Choral Society concert was delightful and poignant

Haverhill Choral Scoiety in concert at the Old Independent Church ANL-140417-102505005
Haverhill Choral Scoiety in concert at the Old Independent Church ANL-140417-102505005
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Haverhill Choral Society concert

Review by David Rowlinson

An audience of almost 100 were treated to a delightful evening of music at the Old Independent Church when the society presented their main annual concert.

In her introduction, society chairman Roma Holmes dedicated the evening to the memory of Graham Fox, a long-time member of the society who had died recently.

The choir of 40 was accompanied by a full orchestra of mainly local musicians together with a harpist and soprano and baritone soloists, under the leadership of the society’s musical director, Jane Wright.

The evening began with a choral version of the haunting Pavane by Faure which was followed by three short solos by Danielle Perrett, widely regarded as one of the country’s leading harpists.

The concert continued with the Brahms Requiem, a challenging work which orchestra and chorus presented with confidence and feeling, particularly the beautiful fourth movement.

Baritone soloist Nicholas Fowler gave a powerful performance and soprano soloist Penny Manser presented a demanding range with clarity and ease.

Over 30 members, including the Kings’ Taverners, sang the Brahms fourth movement at the funeral service for Graham Fox held at All Saints Church, Hundon on Monday, April 14.

The society’s next performance is on Saturday, July 13 at Clare Town Hall when they will be presenting their summer concert, a varied programme of light classical and popular music.

They then join Haverhill Silver Band and Operatic Society at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on June 21 and the Old Independent Church on July 6 for the Last Night of the Proms.

Both concerts are in memory of Les Ager, former Haverhill mayor and long-time conductor of the Haverhill Silver Band.