Friday, November 27, 2015

Bedford Choral Society concert

27 November 2015

On Saturday I was at Bedford Corn Exchange for my first concert with the Bedford Sinfonia, accompanying Bedford Choral Society in a programme of music by Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn's 'Symphony No 2, Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang)' is a mammoth work in eleven movements – a hybrid symphony-cantata. The movements vary in style and musical forces, featuring three vocal soloists and passages of recitative. We also played 'Die erste Walpurgisnacht' – a later Mendelssohn cantata with a similar structure. Conductor Ian Smith very effectively corralled the orchestra, chorus and soloists and the tenor Ben Thapa stood out with a particularly expressive performance.

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