In great gusto!
Choral Society 2019
In the magnificent setting of Exeter Cathedral, the annual Exeter School Choral Society concert took place on Thursday 21 March. Featuring a professional orchestra of nearly 50 players and over 200 singers from across the school and wider community, the event once again proved to be a spectacular occasion.
The concert began with great gusto with Rossini’s Thieving Magpie Overture, when the professional players in most sections of the orchestra were joined by a number of our Symphony Orchestra instrumentalists. Conducted by Mr Tamblyn, this rousing start was followed by Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You, which offered some moments of calm and contemplation from the Chamber Choir, under the direction of Mr Brimelow. Rounding off the first half was Poulenc’s Gloria, which was the main chorus’ first opportunity to sing and also included soprano solos by alumna Bethany Partridge (2006 – 2011), who started singing as a chorister in Exeter Cathedral, continued whilst a pupil at Exeter School and has gone on to develop a blossoming international singing career.
The conductors’ podium was taken over by Mrs Guthrie in the second half, when the overture followed by Part 2 of Messiah was performed by the chorus and orchestra, along with confident solos from Sixth Form pupils Isabella Flashman, Ettejean Girvin, Lily Alford, Beth Pittman and Francesca Vercoe, and teachers Mr Latimer and Mr Harknett.
The Middle School Choir joined with the chorus and also sang their own solo section within How Beautiful are the Feet, which provided on of many highlights within the performance. The concert ended with the Hallelujah Chorus, a suitable finale to a memorable term of Exeter School Choral Society.
Once again, we are very grateful to Packexe for their support of this concert, and to all those who contributed to the success of the event.
A recording is on the intranet.
There is still plenty of music to look forward to in the summer term, with the WaterAid Concert on 1 May and the Middle School Concert on 16 May, and later in the term the Jazz Concert on 28 June and the final Chamber Concert of the year on 6 July in Topsham Parish Church.