The Choir delights German audiences

Merseburg concert

The Choir has returned from Germany with enthusiastic reviews of its performances.

One reviewer wrote, 'The choir captured the audience’s heart with its perfect entries, precise conclusions, its marvellous voices and the singing which was full of warmth and vitality.'

The reviewer went on to say that 'the audience got goose-bumps with the Ave Maria from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy sung with enormous vividness'. At the end of the concert there was 'great applause with huge enthusiasm from the audience, and it was clear they would have liked the choir to continue singing for another hour or even more.'

The Mitteldeutsche Zeitung commented on the 'security and balance with which the Choir was able to master even the most complex polyphony.' The performance of motets by Bach and Schultz was 'particularly remarkable', the review said, and it reserved special praise for the 'intelligence and virtuosity' of the Organ Scholar Ben San-Lau.

The Choir sang in Merseburg Cathedral and Halberstadt Cathedral in Germany. The programme included early English church music by Byrd and Tallis as well as religious music from German Romantic composers Brahms, Bruckner and Mendelssohn. For forthcoming concerts by the Choir see the Choir concerts page.

If you would like to join the Choir as a Choral or Organ Scholar see the Choir section. King's also welcomes enquiries from the parents of potential choristers. For more information see the Chorister recruitment page.

12 October 2010