Friday, January 25, 2013

Milton Keynes Chorale and Danesborough Chorus concert

25 January 2013

Since the mid-1970s Milton Keynes has boasted two large choral societies – the Milton Keynes Choral which was founded in 1974 and the Danesborough Chorus which was formed the following year. Since 1977 the two choirs have collaborated on an annual joint concert, enabling them to tackle ambitious repertoire as a single, massive chorus. Last Sunday we were at Milton Keynes Theatre for this year’s joint performance – a programme of music by Mozart, culminating in the ‘Mass in C minor’. The massed ranks of more than 200 singers sounded great accompanied by the period instruments of the Meridian Sinfonia and the two choruses naturally lent themselves to the eight-part double choir format of Mozart’s Mass. Conductor Tom Appleton was enthusiastic and entertaining (and his witty, emotive programme notes were a treat!). It was a lovely concert and a great way to mark the recent retirement of David Roberts after 36 years as Chairman of the Danesborough Chorus.

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