Just a quick word about a delightful choral concert in Topsham last Saturday.
St Margaret's Church Choir sang a range of baroque anthems and songs, from Thomas Tallis' 'If ye love me keep my commandments' to Ralph Waghan Williams' 'Old 100th'. (Audience participation please!) The audience also participated in the final number - Handel's mighty 'Hallelujah Chorus'.
Interspersed were some gems of baroque trumpet, played by two members of the Devon Brass Ensemble, Geoff Cloke and Paul Thomas. The concert opened with Charpentier's Trumpet Tune from the 'Te Deum', which was closely followed by a baroque concerto by Petronio Franceschini. The second half also opened with a baroque concerto for two trumpets by Francesco Manfredini. Paul gave a beautiful solo perfromance of David Ogden's 'Christ has no body' and Geoff followed that with Bach's 'Wachet auf'
Everything was held together by the organ playing of Robert Millington, who also gave a solo performance - of Henri Mulet's 'Tu es Petras'.
The choir, although small in numbers, sang with spirit under the direction of their conductor Tony Yeates. The last word must go to Tony, who wrote this open letter to the 'Classical Journey' singing the praises of the singers.
|Tony Yeates conducts St Margaret's Church Choir|
|Among the tenors - woodwind player Philip Henry|