King’s Singers Concert

Philip Lawson’s Farewell King’s Singers Concert with A Cappella

South Wilts A Cappella choir joined the King’s Singers in Philip Lawson’s Farewell Concert in Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday 28th January. The King’s Singers donated their services and all profits will be given to The John McNeill Opportunity Centre (Salisbury’s Nursery for Special Needs) It was an unforgettable occasion.

This was a concert which we had all been anticipating with fervent enthusiasm and excitement, and it fulfilled all our expectations and more! The first half comprised The King’s Singers singing Maurice Duruflé’s exquisite Quatre Motets, and then joining A Cappella in singing Duruflé’s spectacular Requiem, in which Caroline Halls sang a mesmerising solo. It was absolutely amazing to experience the majestic splendour and power, and yet the simple beauty of this work. In the second half, we were treated to some of The King’s Singers’ favourite close harmony songs – ranging from slow and poignant to humorous and witty, captivating both audience and choir. After several rounds of long and enthusiastic applause, the concert finished with a special encore – Billy Joel’s Lullabye, sung by both The King’s Singers and A Cappella, a truly moving end to a wonderful evening!

It was a real privilege to sing with such professional, yet genuine, modest and sincere artists and be a part of such a special evening for both Philip Lawson and his family, after his 18 years with the King’s Singers. As much as we would love to believe that an absolutely packed cathedral was just for us, it is actually testimony to the great affection in which The King’s Singers, and on this occasion especially, Philip Lawson, are held! We very much appreciated the generosity and expertise of the orchestral players. Our grateful thanks must also go to Mrs Poppleton for her incisive and inspiring conducting, dedication and hard work, and Mrs Timperley for so expertly and devotedly accompanying us during rehearsals.

(Christabell Pidduck 6SJD)

Created: Thursday, February 02, 2012 | School News Page

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