Spotlight On… Something to Sing About, Royston Choral Society
Royston Choral Society continues to celebrate its 50th season with two major choral works – Bach’s B minor Mass – to be performed on Saturday 25th November – and Verdi’s Requiem, their spring concert for March 2024.
The choir is also celebrating a record membership with nearly 90 members united, of course, by their love of music and singing. When asked why else they were attracted to the choir, the responses were as various as the singers themselves:
“People of different ages, abilities, backgrounds and musical experiences getting together.”
“Working on something that challenges both individually and collectively.”
“Singing under the excellent leadership of Andrew O’Brien.”
“The buzz I get when it all comes together in harmony makes all the effort worthwhile”
Reflecting on the last couple of years, RCS Chair Huw Jenkins points to recent successes. “The choir continues to grow and to stretch itself under Andrew’s inspirational leadership. Since restarting in September 2021, after the Covid pandemic stopped our music making for 18 months, we have grown in numbers and performed a wide repertoire, from Handel’s ‘Messiah’, to Will Todd’s ‘Mass in Blue’, and the works of great composers such as Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Duruflé, Parry, Tippett and others in between.
The choir actually started rehearsing the B Minor Mass nearly 4 years ago – before the pandemic and lockdown intervened just days before the great work was to be performed.
The choir are keen to show the wait has been worthwhile at St John’s Parish Church on Saturday 25th November at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available online in advance at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/royston-choral-society/t-novapjx, by calling 01920 822723, and from choir members.
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