This Sceptred Isle’ - Spring Concert
The Sheldon Singers’ gave the appreciative audience at St Paul’s Church on Saturday, 27 April an eclectic mix of pieces from composers both traditional and contemporary. Huge choral anthems, such as ‘Zadok the Priest’ and gentler items, including Purcell’s ‘Bid the Virtues’ for soprano solo and oboe, sat alongside each other in the first half of the programme. As Director of Music Julie De’Ath Lancaster pointed out in her introduction, “it’s not often that you hear Mahler and Strauss in the same programme, followed after the interval by a relatively new work by the composer Bob Chilcott, a former member of the King’s Singers”. But what a musical feast we had!
On the evening of Remembrance Sunday St Paul’s Church Honiton was the venue for a concert of specially relevant music - two Requiems, performed by two local choirs. Both these Requiems, whilst owing a great deal to the traditional form, are very different to what we usually hear, and indeed different from each other.