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Audience Entertained at Malcolm Sargent Concert

Malcolm Sargent Concert, Peterborough CathedralSaturday 5th March saw the triennial celebration of the life of Malcolm Sargent at Peterborough Cathedral.

The combined forces of Stamford Choral Society and singers from the Stamford Endowed Schools formed a choir of nearly two hundred voices to sing Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle.

They were joined by four excellent soloists and the Chameleon Arts Orchestra. The work itself, despite being written near the end of Rossini's life is full of vigour and youthful exuberance. The combination of the choirs, with over 100 young voices produced a vibrant and exciting sound with excellent diction and energy.

Their singing was well accomplished, skipping through complex double fugues with remarkable lightness and vocal dexterity. The orchestra supported the choir and soloists ably and with a level of attention to detail which meant that the performance clearly presented the humour, wit and quirkiness of this work. The soloists performed their sometimes operatic arias with all the stage presence a revered opera composer such as Rossini would have appreciated. 

Giles Turner, Director of Music at Stamford Endowed Schools, said, “This was a wonderful evening, and a wonderful concept in two ways, celebrating the life such a significant international cultural figure from this area in Malcolm Sargent, and in encouraging singers of all ages that this music is accessible, relevant and a joyous experience to perform.”