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St Swithun's School Electrifying Choral Concert

Published Thursday 17th of February 2011 10:19:33 AM

On Sunday 30th January 2011 the Main Auditorium of Harvey Hall, St Swithun's School, was packed near to bursting. Parents, guests and pupils all gathered together to enjoy two masterworks - Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Handel's Messiah. They were not disappointed.

The eighty members of Swithun Choir, all dressed in their blue cassocks and brilliantly accompanied by Rachel Carver (current member of Lower 5) on the harp, produced a spell-binding performance of this beautiful work.

After the interval they were joined by ORPHEUS (the school's adult choir of parents and friends) and a superbly accomplished orchestra consisting of professional players plus a handful of our own pupils, to perform Part One of Messiah. This was an electrifying experience for all present.

There were wonderful solo arias, shared between three young professionals, including Old Girl Tempe Nell and several pupils, who were by no means eclipsed by such exalted company. And punctuating these were the exuberant choruses, culminating of course with the Hallelujah Chorus, with blazing trumpets and thundering drums to lift the 108 singers to even greater heights of exhilaration!

Congratulations to all involved. It was an unforgettable and glorious St Swithun's evening in the incomparably luminous acoustic of our Harvey Hall.

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