Harleston Choral Society

Affiliated to Making Music


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HARLESTON CHORAL SOCIETY’S Summer Term begins on Monday 24 April (7.00 pm for payment of subs). We’ are singing Mozart’'s Requiem and Haydn’'s Maria Theresa Mass, in preparation for our Summer Concert, with professional soloists and orchestra, on Saturday 17 June. We’ are also running a Mozart Haydn Workshop on Saturday 6 May, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, St James South Elmham Village Hall, FREE to anyone who would like to come. Tea and coffee provided (donations welcomed), but bring your own lunch. 

Do come and sing with HCS: we welcome everyone, especially Tenors ! – whether experienced singers or not, and although it’s an advantage to be able to read music, it’'s not essential. There are no auditions and music is provided free. Practices are on Monday evenings, 7.30 - 9.30 pm, in St John’s Church, Harleston, subs £35 per term (some concessions available). Further information from Jo Curry jo.curry@sky.com, 01986 875494 (and see other sections of the website).


St John Passion at St John’s

Review of our most recent concert on 18th June this year.

St. John Passion
Harleston Choral Society

Bach’s work of small-bite recitatives needs an adroit juxtaposition of conductor, choir, soloists and orchestra.
Under Christopher Bracewell’s direction you knew this would succeed as the opening chorus met the surge of the orchestra.
Waves of ecstatic sound, whether measured, lively, meditative, declamatory, contrite or hymn-like filled St. John’s Church.
Tenor Michael Hart-Davies’ crystal clarity of delivery proved ideal for telling the crucifixion story and for the more expressive Airs.
Sri Lankan born, and now British citizen, Dhilan Gnanadurai, again brought his darkly passionate bass voice to the dramas of Calvary.
Contralto Catherine Denley’s singing had a loving quality, if a little underpowered; and there were some soaring-rafter moments from Soprano Siona Stockel.
Mature and mellow, the orchestra, led by Miles Golding, was a bedrock of excellence. Special mentions for the oboe, cor anglais and bassoon playing of Emma Penfold, Kim Haan and Mark Sharp.

Basil Abbott






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Patron: Nathaniel Gee.