Rock Festival Choir lived up to its growing reputation when it performed its Spring Concert in Alnwick’s St Paul’s Church on March 16, giving a feast of demanding but rewarding choral works from the 16th to the 21st centuries.
The choir always treats us to a full and luscious tone, fully rounded in the loud parts and exquisitely delicate when the volume reduces to just a whisper. They sing with great commitment and the solos rise out of the ensemble sure and clear with a beautiful tone.
A highlight of their latest concert was the two world premières of works by their director, Peter Brown, and composer, Cheryl Camm, who sings in the choir. Both works were skilfully crafted, substantial pieces which stood up well among the classical works of the programme and provided an inspiring and exciting contrast.
While by no means straightforward, these two new works were performed with great conviction, as one might expect from a choir of this calibre coached by the composers. The choir will be returning to Rock to perform at a musical picnic in the grounds of Rock Hall on June 14, along with the Choral Society and other choirs and groups.
The event is free. Picnics welcome, though refreshments will also be available in aid of Rock Church.