Archive for March, 2015

Summer Concert

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Our Summer concert will take place in

SNAITH PRIORY

on

Thursday 2nd July at 7.45pm.

We are also featuring

SKELMANTHORPE BRASS BAND

 

and are accompanied by Paul Thompson

in a varied programme of

West Side Story

Les Miserables

Gilbert and Sullivan

Verdi

Rutter.

There will be a light Supper and we invite donations.

Review of ‘Creation’ by Sheila Leigh

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Snaith and District Choral Society

  Snaith and District Choral Society held their annual Spring Concert on Saturday 28 March in Snaith Methodist Church, where an enthusiastic audience enjoyed Haydn’s oratorio, Creation. Alex Woodrow, organist at Bradford Cathedral, accompanied the choir under the expert guidance of their Musical Director Nick Sykes.

Creation is written in three parts each divided into acts and scenes and, in common with opera, has named characters.

The work opened with an extended introduction ‘Representation of Chaos’ an organ solo portraying the formlessness and disorder that preceded the Creation. This was followed by a choral representation of the creation of light, which was depicted with a soft pizzicato note followed by a sudden surprise fortissimo C major chord on the word Light: a very dramatic opening that set the tone for the whole performance.

Parts One and Two describe the six days of Creation with three soloists representing the archangels Gabriel (Soprano Lucy Bates), Uriel (Tenor Philip Scard) and Raphael (Bass Ian Thomson Smith) with the choir portraying angels glorifying their maker. The exciting ‘The Heavens are Telling’ was a particularly memorable chorus with contributions from both the choir and soloists. Part Two, which included the beautiful soprano aria celebrating the creation of birds, ended with the choir singing ‘Achieved is the Glorious Work’ a fast and furious chorus that was enjoyed by all.

Part Three takes place in the Garden of Eden and tells of the happy first hours of Adam and Eve.

Again, a beautiful organ prelude in slow tempo opened the movement, depicting dawn in the Garden of Eden, followed by the Duet and Chorus ‘By thee with Bliss’ a prayer, sensitively sung by the soloists and choir. This continues at a quicker pace with soloists and choir praising the newly created world, which leads into the final section ‘Hail, bounteous Lord’ a chorus with dramatic variations in volume.

The chorus ‘Sing the Lord, Ye Voices All’ brought the performance to an exciting close. A slow introduction led into a double fugue ‘The Praise of the Lord will endure forever’, with interspersed passages for choir and soloists, climaxing with everyone singing in unison towards the final Amen.