On Saturday night, the setting of the Royal Hospital School Chapel provided the perfect backdrop for a spectacular performance of Verdi’s Requiem by the combined choirs of the RHS Chapel Choir, the Stowmarket Chorale and the Holbrook Choral Society. They were ably accompanied by the Reade Orchestra, a talented group of musicians with many of our Visiting Music Teachers appearing among their number.
Conducted by Martyn Bagnall, the musicians produced incredible contrasts in volume and expression, at times filling the vast chapel with some of the loudest unamplified music ever written. The soloists, Catherine May (soprano), Carris Jones (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Joy (tenor) and James Birchall (bass-baritone) provided wonderful performances, capturing the emotions and the passions of the work in both their solo and ensemble singing.
For 16 members of the Chapel Choir this was their last concert, and they were thanked for their service with a round of applause from the appreciative audience.
After everything that has happened in the last two years, this concert re-instilled the joy of attending a live music event. And what a treat this was!
Photography Credits: Matt Clarke.