The first part of the Easter Concert featured a selection of beautiful and emotionally rousing songs - Vivaldi's 'Gloria', 'Speed Your Journey', 'The Lord is my Shepherd' ('Vicar of Dibley' version by Howard Goodall, soloist Miriam), Chilcott's 'Irish Blessing' and Handel's 'Zadok the Priest'. The performance of 'The Heavens are Telling' from Haydn's Creation was enhanced by soloists from the choir - Jane Preston, Roger Etheridge & Mike Street. The choir and audience were also treated to a piano recital of Schubert's 'Impromptu in G flat' by our immensely talented accompanist, David Fisher.
After a break for a drink with a selection of delicious cakes, the audience was treated to a wonderful performance of Stainer's 'Crucifixion', to lead us into Easter week. The soloists, tenor Paul Robinson and bass Neil Robinson were joined by solo voices from the choir (Kiaran Asthana, Roger Balkwill & Mike Street) in creating an atmospheric and moving performance.
Shifnal Chorale held it's annual Choral Workshop on Saturday 3rd February, singing Karl Jenkins's 'The Armed Man', under the musical direction of Paul Kelly. The venue, as last year, was the Trinity Methodist Church in Shifnal (Victoria Road, Shifnal TF11 8AE)
The workshop ran from 2.00 till 4.00 pm, followed by a break for tea and cakes.
We then held a sing through at 5 pm, much appreciated by the audience of friends and family.
The Shifnal Chorale and the RAF Cosford Voluntary Band joined forces to present an evening of Christmas music. In keeping with our Christmas Concert tradition, tea or coffee and mince pies were provided after the concert.
The concert programme included :
The Wexford Carol, Sister Mary had but One Child, O Nata Lux, Walking in the Air, Il est Ne le Divin Enfant, Just a Tale, & So Many Stars. The band played some wonderful rousing pieces, including the theme from Dr Who.
Shifnal Chorale presented their autumn concert in the beautiful church of St. Mary's, Albrighton. The concert started at 7:30 pm and included a variety of music including the lively "Sourwood Mountain", "Ubi Caritas" by the young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeila, the beautiful "Seal Lullaby" and two Gilbert and Sullivan pieces: we also heard our Bass Baritone Neil Robinson sing two solos, the Geordie songs, "The Happenny Wood at Bedlington" and "The Cheviot Hills". Finally the choir sang a Cole Porter Medley before everyone took a break and enjoyed wine and cheese in the interval.
After returning from our break the Chorale sang an arrangement for a mixed voice choir of 'Wonderful World', with a trumpet accompaniment provided by the Music Director, Paul Kelly. This was followed by Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah', then another favourite "You Raise me Up", two more Gilbert and Sullivan songs, the wistful "Autumn Leaves", and finally a more challenging song for the choir, "The Continental"! All in all, it was a successful evening.
The Shifnal Chorale choir presented a rich mixture of light music. After the concert, the audience decamped outside to the church gardens, where we all enjoyed a scrumptious summer afternoon tea with scones, cream and of course, strawberries.
Shifnal Chorale presented a programme of classical music at Shifnal's Trinity Methodist Church, assisted by the Shropshire Chamber Orchestra.
Cantique de Jean Racine, by Gabriel Fauré
Ave Verum Corpus, by Mozart
En Prierè, by Gabriel Fauré, soloist Marcia Hall
Vivaldi Cello Concerto in A minor RV418, featuring Lilian Kelly as soloist
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei K273, by Mozart
Requiem, by Gabriel Fauré