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Concert Review from Rob Dishington:

Glorious Glorias at St Thomas

Powerful, glorious, exciting: just three words to describe this concert that featured ‘Glorias’ by two of the most popular and widely-performed choral composers in the world, John Rutter and Karl Jenkins, the latter celebrating his 80th birthday this year. The voices of Lymington Choral Society gave us full commitment in both works, Rutter’s three movements in the first half, Jenkins’ five in the second. Originally scored for choir with brass, percussion and organ, we were treated to Rutter’s full orchestral adaptation here in the form of the forces of the Nova Foresta Classical Players, who performed with passion and precision throughout the evening (in both pieces, as well as in Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Jenkins’ Palladio as openers of each half respectively); no mean feat of stamina. It featured some fine woodwind solos especially in the second movement, and mention must be made of soloists across the orchestra, especially on violin, cello and percussion (amongst them Amanda Mahy, Sarah Oakes, James Marchese and Catherine Lawlor). The filmic, modal nature of the music here provided a solid foundation for the choir, who, in their stride, sang with dedication and focus to the energetic leadership of Philip Daish-Handy – inspiring and enthusing all the way through this marathon programme! In the softer moments, clarity and balance was achieved between the parts, although the projection became trickier over the full tutti, forte sections, perhaps not helped by the acoustic qualities of a full room. However, the third movement foreshadowed the rhythmic vitality that was to come later: Tehillim – the middle movement of the Jenkins – was conveyed with verve; bare parallel harmonies striking, in this setting of Psalm 150. A sensitive solo song was provided by Kathy Penrose-Lewis in ‘I’ll Make Music’, the fourth movement, before the final Exaltation tied thoughts together with power.

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