Polymnia in St Mary and St Giles

Polymnia in St Mary and St Giles

Chamber choir Polymnia returned to sing in St Mary & St Giles church on 21 May 2016 and what a treat of popular choral classics they gave us.

The choir is directed by John Byron and is accompanied by Tim Grant-Jones.  I had unfortunately missed their previous outing to Stony Stratford last summer and was keen to hear them sing.

John introduces 'I know that my Redeemer liveth'

John introduces 'I know that my Redeemer liveth'

The programme:

  • Bach/Gounod -Ave Maria
  • Handel - I know that my Redeemer Liveth from The Messiah (the alto and soprano singers)
  • Handel - Hallelujah from The Messiah
  • Franck - Panis angelicus (solo: Alison Young - alto)
  • Faure - Agnus Dei from Requiem
  • Bizet - Habenera from Carmen (soloist: Chris Chrispus Jones - alto)
  • Katchaturian - Adagio from Spartacus (soloists: Rebecca Jones - alto, Jo Churcher - soprano)
  • Alison Young sings Panis angelicus

    Alison Young sings Panis angelicus

    Interval

  • Schubert - Ave Maria (soloist: Anna Berry)
  • Beethoven Quartet - Mir ist so wunderbar from Fidelio
    (soloists: Marzelline - Chris Chrispus Jones, Leonora - Gina Johnson, Rocco - Ken Storry, Jaquino - Paul North)
  • Sibelius - Be still my soul
  • Gershwin - Summertime from Porgy and Bess (soloist: Kylie Turney)
  • Whitacre - Seal Lullaby (Rudyard Kipling)
  • Verdi - Anvil Chorus
  • Verdi - Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco
  • Verdi - Brindisi  from La Traviata (soloists: Liz Camp - soprano, Paul North - tenor)
  • Encore: John Rutter - Gaelic Blessing
Chris Chrispus Jones sings the Habenera

Chris Chrispus Jones sings the Habenera

All the pieces were sung with clarity and a great sense of timing, their voices blending beautifully, and the soloists, who were all from within the chamber choir, coming forward as strong solo sounds when needed.

Enthusiastic comments from the audience of 63 included:

  • I enjoyed it very much
  • Lovely concert
  • Just wonderful
  • Incredible - individual voices and the blending
  • Spectacular
Liz sings as Coro in Verdi's Brindisi

Liz sings as Coro in Verdi's Brindisi

Jan and Dai welcomed people as they sold tickets, Marilyn, Nina and Janet served tea and cake during the interval and Anna took photos.  £164.07 was raised for the organ fund from this concert.

We look forward to welcoming Polymnia back to the church next year and wish them well for their 10th anniversary celebration concert later this year.

More photos of this concert can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/albums/72157666471795774

Words and photos by Anna Page

Paul sings Alfredo in Verdi's Brindisi

Paul sings Alfredo in Verdi's Brindisi

Ken Storry sings as Rocco in Fidelio

Ken Storry sings as Rocco in Fidelio

Paul North and Gina Johnson in Fidelio

Paul North and Gina Johnson in Fidelio