“What an exciting night! Three wonderful
performances from three contrasting groups.
First we had Purcell’s ‘O sing unto the Lord’ performed
by the Chapel Choir with string accompaniment. This verse anthem by Purcell
gave an opportunity for some of the boys to take on solos, most notably George
This was followed by a superb performance given by Jim
Cooper as trombone soloist in Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino,
accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra. Jim demonstrated impeccable control and beautifully
varied tone across the full (and large!) range of the instrument.
After the interval, we
were treated to a performance of David Fanshawe’s choral work ‘African
Sanctus’. For the uninitiated this piece is a shock, combining traditional
choral music with soft rock, a percussion troupe and a backing track of African
tribal songs. Soprano soloist Rachel Chapman added some dramatic operatic
lines, and the piece was steered (with headphones on) by the Director of Music,
Another great evening of music-making at Bedford