Quirister Reviews: short half 2017

Quirister Concert at St Matthew’s Church, Blackmoor
Saturday 30 September 2017

A welcome return for Malcolm Archer and the Quiristers to St Matthew’s - but a first-time visit for all current Quiristers to this gorgeous church in Hampshire designed by the celebrated Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse, best known for the exuberance of his Naturel History Museum.

Playing to packed pews, the Quiristers processed into the Kyrie from the plainsong Missa de Angelis and charmed the audience with Where ere you walk by Handel and Duo Seraphim by English Renaissance composer Richard Dering. On the organ, Jamal Sutton trilled through Buxtehude’s Nun lob mein Seel’ den herren before the  boys took up the baton again with Stanford’s A Song of Freedom.

Malcolm’s own Mass for St Edmund followed, with a sweetness of tone which was a particular highlight of the evening. Next up, Jamal tested a few boundaries with James MacMillan’s White note paraphrase, and when it was clear that the audience had survived, the boys moved warmly through Malcolm’s When I survey the wondrous cross with a strong solo from Aleksiy Dyke, Vaughan Williams’ ethereal The Call and the much-loved Panis Angelicus by César Franck.


More Vaughan Williams at the organ with the Prelude on ’Rhosymedre’, and  we were cruising towards the finish with three lighter works, always enjoyed by both the boys and the audience.  Michael Nevin sang the solo in Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels) with a beautiful lightness, Jerome Kern’s lyrical  Just the way you look tonight delighted everyone, and Max Bassett tackled the epic My Way with panache.. Blackmoor Village Hall hosted a delicious dinner and raffle to bring the evening to a close. A great concert to start the year!

Lucy Stewart, Q Parent (yr 7)

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