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Bishop's Stortford Choral Society's evening of Mozart and Haydn


By Paul Winspear


Richard Brain directs the Bishop's Stortford Choral Society concert at the Methodist Church. (7810709)
Richard Brain directs the Bishop's Stortford Choral Society concert at the Methodist Church. (7810709)

One of Mozart's finest works, despite being unfinished, will be the main feature of Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society's next concert.

The long-established and growing 100-strong choir will be performing his Mass in C Minor in the Methodist Church at the end of March.

Conducted by their musical director, Richard Brain, and accompanied by Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia, the town's own professional standard orchestra, they will also sing three pieces by Haydn.

Mozart’s Mass in C Minor appeals to audiences because of its grandeur and theatricality. In some ways it is more like an opera than a mass, with two sopranos singing gorgeous arias.

For the concert, BSCS will be rejoined by young soloists Emily Armour and Tess Pearson, who have previously delighted Stortford audiences as well as those in London and abroad.

One of Emily’s career highlights was as soprano soloist in Judas Maccabaeus at the London Handel Festival, and she has performed in the chorus at the Royal Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall. Tess is continuing to develop her skill as a soloist and opera singer, and has particularly enjoyed being the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Tenor William Glendinning and bass Charlie Pearch will also be on soloist duties.

Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae Curae, Te Deum and his Symphony No 82 – known as 'The Bear' because in part it was like the music used to accompany dancing bears, a popular form of street entertainment at that time – will complement Mozart’s mass perfectly.

The concert, sponsored by Stortford solicitors Tees Law, will be in support of Bishop’s Stortford Winter Night Shelter at Holy Trinity Church.

* It takes place at the Methodist Church in South Street on Saturday March 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14 in advance – from the Tourist Information Centre in Market Square on 01279 715001 or online from Ticket Source via the choir's website at www.singwithbscs.org.uk (no fee) – or £16 on the door. Tickets are all unreserved and include tea/coffee and biscuits.

* BSCS performs three concerts a year and sings at community events. It rehearses at Water Lane United Reformed Church on Thursdays at 7.45pm from September to July. The choir is always open to new members and will hold its next open rehearsal on May 2.



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