Review: Clyst Vale Choral Society’s anniversary concerts

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 December 2018

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Performance of timeless classic marks golden anniversary of choir

The Clyst Vale Choral Society celebrated its 50th anniversary with two performances of Handel’s Messiah – which it had sung at its second ever concert.

The choir performed a shortened version of the classic piece on Saturday, November 17 at St Margaret’s, Topsham, and the following evening at Holy Trinity, Exmouth.

The choir were delighted to welcome back former members and relatives; the resulting sound was impressive, and pleased both audiences. The soloists were regular favourites: sopranos Janet Macdonald and Karen Reed with tenors Mark Perry and Jason Bomford. Mark also played the organ with his usual skill and sensitivity.

The evenings were enhanced by the orchestral accompaniment: a talented group, many of whom have been regular supporters of the Society’s efforts. Achieving such excellent performances depended heavily on the patience and dedication of conductor for the last twenty years, Paul Stock.

Clyst Valley Choral Society was founded in 1968 by David and Pam Howes with local organist David Lyon-Smith as its first conductor, and Bernard Russell its first accompanist.

CAROLYN KEEP

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