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Annual Concert in Christchurch Priory


This year’s major music concert was performed on the evening of Tuesday 20th March in the wonderful surroundings of Christchurch Priory.  The Cantabile Choir, the Chapel Choir and the Chamber Choir performed a selection of French masses and motets set within the Priory’s beauty and resonance.

The varied programme included Durufle’s four motets Ubi Caritas et Amor, Tota pulchra es, Tantum Ergo and Tu es Petrus, the Vierne Messe Solonelle and Fauré’s Messe Basse.  The mix of voices produced a beautiful canvas of sound and the finale of the evening, the Langlais Messe Solennelle was a most ambitious piece for the full Chapel Choir - and they certainly delivered.

Canford Music staff James Aiken and Katie Salmon played the parts originally taken on the organ by Widor and Vierne with excitement, skill and passion with Director of Music Christopher Sparkhall masterminding what was a truly memorable evening of music at the very highest standards.   

As reviewer (and choral singer) Dr Stephen Wilkinson commented:

“This was not to be a ‘school concert’, with strained faces on proud parents; it was to be a concert that anyone could enjoy, and be proud to be part of, in its own right.”

For more images from the evening, please click on the link below:

Canford at Christchurch Priory

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