Review: Bracknell Choral Society Christmas ConcertBy Stephen Willis
January 02, 2013
Bracknell Choral Society Christmas Concert
Wednesday, December 19
Church of St Michael and St Mary Magdalen, Bracknell.
For their Christmas concert Bracknell Choral Society presented an eclectic mix of seasonal music with traditional carols and lesser-known works.
Rutter's What Sweeter Music and Britten's atmospheric Hymn to the Virgin were performed well alongside several popular carols in unusual guises like Jacques's haunting alternative to Away in a Manger.
Choir members showed their confidence with extracts from Handel's Messiah, with conductor Greg Hallam taking on the role of bass soloist.
It was also impressive to hear them rise to the challenge of unaccompanied carols that are often sung by choirs a fraction of their size.
A rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus brought the traditional part of the programme to a rousing conclusion and in lighter mood the concert closed with a spirited Jingle Bells.
What better way to launch the Christmas festivities?