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Choral Society To Host Summer Concert At Abbey

Julia McDonald Published: 01 May 2024

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Photo credit: Paul Hurst

Following a triumphant return to a packed Wymondham Abbey last summer Wymondham Choral Society will be back at the Abbey on Saturday 13th July. This time they will be performing Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Creation.

The Choir has performed three concerts over the past year. In March the audience at St. Mary’s Church in Attleborough was treated to the hauntingly beautiful Sunrise Mass by contemporary composer Ola Gjeilo followed by a delightful selection of choral classics.

A wonderful winter concert, conducted by Claire Dixon, began with a confident performance of Howard Goodall’s recent work Christmas Cantata with a seasonal selection of music including Vaughan Williams’ popular Fantasia on Christmas Carols in the second half.

In July the Choral Society presented a programme featuring Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solemnes de confessore with outstanding soloists and an invited orchestra. They were delighted to receive very positive reviews

“… the choir produced page after page of confident sound with good attention to detail regarding the mood and sound of each section.”

Choral Society The Creation event poster

The upcoming concert features a work considered by many to be Haydn’s crowning masterpiece, The Creation. It is based on both the biblical book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost. With its roof-raising choruses and lyrical melodies this promises to be a spectacular evening with professional soloists and an invited orchestra.

This will be the final concert for the Choral Society conducted by Claire Dixon. Claire has been with the choir for many years, firstly as an accompanist and since 2004 as their Musical Director. The choir has flourished under her leadership and will be very sad to see her go but hopes that she enjoys her well deserved retirement.

Tickets, £15 (under 19s free) are available on the door or online:

trybooking.com/uk/events/eventlist/eventListingAccount/wcs

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