For those fortunate enough to be at Angus Choral Society’s performance of Messiah at John’s church Forfar last Saturday this was a delightful evening of local musical talent providing a most heart warming performance on a chilly evening. Under the experienced baton of their musical director Graeme Stevenson the choir was back to its very best, well balanced and confident, singing tightly together with good diction, accuracy and creating great atmosphere.
All the young soloists acquitted themselves very well, especially well led by tenor Matthew McKinney whose ‘Comfort ye’ and ‘Ev’ry valley’ started the evening off with great delivery and confidence, a calm and mature performance beyond his years.
Soprano Stephanie Baker relaxed into ‘Rejoice greatly’ to pull off this most challenging part of the repertoire with great accuracy, ability and effortlessness. ‘The trumpet shall sound’ was delivered superbly by the bass Calum Green who, with his rich velvety tone throughout the performance, can surely only get better as he further develops and matures.
The choir were supported by an orchestra of local talent that were every bit a part of this successful performance and made a great sound for such a relatively small number of very skilled players. The final word goes to the musical director and the choir, with so many well delivered choruses, and a finale of ‘Worthy is the lamb’ and the ‘Amen’ which left the audience charmed and wanting more.
A concert to remember, it was dedicated to choir member Anne Ross who had sadly passed away only a few days previously. She would have been very proud of the evening’s performance.
(review kindly provided by Rod McMillan)