Christmas Classics Concert heralded as “A pearl of culture in the Ashdown Forest!”

The 1839 Consort gave a thrilling concert to a packed audience at St. John the Evangelist Church in Crowborough last Saturday (12th December).

1839 Consort’s Christmas Classics Concert at St. John Church in Crowborough (Photo: Chris Lewis)

1839 Consort’s Christmas Classics Concert at St. John Church in Crowborough (Photo: Chris Lewis)

Lizzie Wilson writes:

The programme commenced with an exuberant rendition of Sweenlinck’s Hodie Christus Natus Est in 8 parts, and was followed by the serenely beautiful O Magnum Mysterium by Spanish renaissance composer, Victoria which showcased the blend of voices superbly.

The highlight of the first half was Bach’s Cantata No.63 for the 1st Day of Christmas for choir and soloists. This rarely performed work was a triumph of accomplished singing and demonstrated the tremendous vocal agility of the group.  Soloists taken from within the choir interspersed the choruses with exquisite duets and arias, delivering them with consummate skill and expertise.

The second half wandered into more familiar territory with the audience delighting in Berlioz’s L’Adieu des Bergeres, and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols with baritone soloist soaring magnificently over a perfectly controlled choir.  The concert ended with three lively arrangements of secular and highly amusing Christmas songs which were executed with flawless precision and energy sending us, the audience away with a definite spring in our steps.  I heard one of the audience comment ‘I had goose pimples all the way through. Loved loved loved every single minute!’

The concert raised £765 towards the buidling fund.   The foundations are laid and it is hoped the hall will be finished in June 2016.

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