||A sparkling set of choral gems was on display in our June concert.
Vaughan Williams' powerful setting of George Herbert's Five Mystical Songs, with baritone Ambrose Connolly was familiar fare to many, but an exciting new find was Donald Fraser's compelling arrangement of Elgar's Sea Pictures for choir, more often heard as a contralto solo. Bang up to date was Cecilia McDowall's Ave Maris Stella, an evocative piece by one of the foremost choral composers of her generation. Three partsongs from Elgar, Ireland and Stanford - his exquisite Bluebird - complete the choral part of the concert, but as a bonus our talented accompanist Anita D'Attellis was given her head in Grainger's jaunty Handel in the Strand and Finzi's sensitive Eclogue, familiar to Classic FM listeners.
Cecilia McDowall - Ave maris stella
Grainger - Handel in the Strand
Vaughan Williams - Five Mystical Songs
Finzi - Eclogue
Three English part-songs:
Stanford - The Bluebird
Ireland - The Hills
Elgar - As torrents in summer
Elgar arr Fraser - Sea Pictures