For Spring Concert April 2017:
In April we performed a selection of music from the 17th to 20th centuries at Holy Trinity Church in Darlington. The programme included works by Monteverdi, Bruckner, Holst and Faure's 'Requiem'.
"A really lovely uplifting concert, very well performed and very varied and enjoyable."
"The choir .... sang with great clarity, richness of sound and dramatic effect..."
"A spirited performance of Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir built to a confident delivery of the final ecstatic Gloria. A collection of Bruckner motets contrasted the beautifully sung prayerful Ave Maria and Locus Iste with the raw power and drama of Ecce Sacerdos. Choir and organ left the audience in no doubt as to the pomp of an important religious procession."
"The most substantial work of the evening was Faure’s Requiem Mass - a most appropriate choice for the evening before Holy Week. This moving and inspirational piece was sensitively performed with strong contributions from Paulina Rossi and Arthur Berwick. The depth of feeling from the choir in the final In Paradisum concluded an uplifting evening."
For Handel's Theodora:
"The chorus played their dual roles with great distinction providing tremendous dramatic intensity, contrast and colour. The clarity of the soprano tone was particularly impressive."
"The soloists (Lucy Hall, Marie Elliott, Ben Williamson, James Edwards and Arthur Berwick) were outstanding and every bit as sensational as had been promised."
".......an accomplished band of instrumentalists under the masterful musical leadership of Richard Bloodworth....."
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For A Royal Jubilee!
"....under the accomplished baton of Richard Bloodworth, the Choral Society with the Darlington Sinfonia and soloists provided an evening of music worthy of a royal tribute..."
".....excellent diction, beautiful dynamic range with confident and mellifluous tones from the men...."
"....Parry's I was glad was just spine tingling....."