Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
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Type: Concert
Date: Saturday 21 June 1997


Choir of St Martin in the Fields
Director: Paul Stubbings

Programme
Fauré: Requiem
Morley: Fyer, Fyer!
Farnaby: Consture my meaning
Weelkes: Thus sings my dearest jewel
Byrd: Though Amaryllis Dance
Tippett: Five Spirituals from ‘A Child of Our Time’
Gibbons: The Cries of London
Finzi: Lo, The Full Final Sacrifice
Sherwin/Maschwitz: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Detail:

Saturday introduced for the first time the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Whilst the delicate tone of their performance of the Fauré Requiem admirably captured the mood of this popular work, it would have benefited from an allowance for the 'dampening' effect on the excellent acoustic properties of St Peter's Church when a large body of people is present. In consequence some of the quieter passages were lost towards the back of the church, especially so the bass line. Nevertheless there were many lovely moments, none more so than the boy treble tone produced by the soprano who sang Pie Jesu. Likewise the tenors produced a real atmospheric sound in the opening bars of the Agnus Dei. Nicholas Danks provided an assured organ accompaniment.

The second half of their programme with its London Theme produced 'mixed results'.

Madrigals clearly showed the versatility of the choir, notably in Byrd Since Robin Hood. In this section the basses had their best moments of the evening.

Michael Tippett Five Spirituals teased the choir and overall they rose well to the challenge.

Orlando Gibbons The Cries of London sung by a section of the choir, was in comparison disappointing with only one voice really capturing the mood of this too infrequently sung work.

For the reviewer, the highlight of the evening was Finzi Lo the Full Final Sacrifice. The chording, beautifully sung lines and carefully executed intervals resulted in a quality performance of this very difficult piece.

This choir of amateur singers, performing for the love of music, provided a memorable evening and under Paul Stubbings will, I am sure, go from strength to strength.

Michael Keast


Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon



VENUE

St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB

CAR PARKING ADVICE

1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.

PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.