To a packed church on Sunday 10th May, the Mayfield Festival Choir with the Primavera Orchestra performed two contrasting youthful Viennese masterpieces. The first work was the rarely performed Stabat Mater by Schubert and the second by Mozart was his Grand Mass in C Minor.
Jeremy Dale Roberts, former head of composition at the Royal College of Music commented: “The Schubert kind of blew me away; I’ve never heard it before. While the two fugal movements were maybe a wee bit stodgy – the music, not the performance! – the rest was astonishing, so fresh and adventurous in colour and harmony, going places only a young man would dare. A revelation. And the Mozart too – a stunning performance with excellent young soloists who have a great future ahead of them. I know the work well, and I don’t think I have ever heard a more rapt performance of the Et Incarnatus. AND the Qui Tollis, awesome; AND the opening Kyrie. I think everyone was fired up: Amazing evening! The choir just improves with every concert I attend and great credit goes to their Director of Music, Jeremy Summerly, who has inspired the choir to perform difficult works with fine singing and with apparent great ease.”
The soloists were Eloise Irving and Abigail Broughton (sops) William Blake (tenor) and Tristan Hambleton (bass). The orchestra was lead by Paul Manley
Mayfield Festival Choir’s next performance will be on Sunday 22nd November at St Dunstan’s Church and will include Haydn’s Nelson Mass.