Brahms Requiem

From: "Salwey, Nick" <>

Subject: Saturday evening's Brahms Requiem

Date: 2 April 2015 08:37:04 BST

To: "Henry  Ibberson" <>

'The Wombourne and District Choral Society provide an ideal model for amateur music-making of the very highest order. Brilliantly rehearsed by their Music Director, Ian Clarke, they combine a diligent and enthusiastic approach with the good humour and the personal rapport which is so important for bringing together people of all ages. This is very much an inclusive organisation, with no auditions required, and with a wide range of repertoire from the major choral works, to anthems, madrigals and lighter music. It was a great privilege to take part in their performance of Brahms’ Requiem on March 28th and the size of the audience and the warm and enthusiastic applause showed just how fulfilling these endeavours are, and how important they are for the community at large. The spirit and the atmosphere were a match for any professional performance.


All the best.


Choral display is best present

Our concert in March 2010 featured the first performance in the West Midlands of The Sacrifice by Antonin Tucapsky. Jerald Smith of the Express and Star wrote:

'Once again a local music group has produced a challenging and innovative programme of 20th Century music. Antonin Tucapsky is one of the foremost Czech composers of this generation and arrived here in 1975. Two years later he produced The Sacrifice, a setting of the Easter story to words by George Herbert.

Saturday's performance took place appropriately enough on the composer's 82nd birthday. He declined an invitation to attend the concert, but said in a letter to the Society that knowing it was to be performed was "the best birthday present". The Choir showed a confident ensemble, under musical director Ian Clarke, catching the dramatic nature of the composition. Baritone Piran Legg displayed a voice of rich timbre in his solos.' 

Joint performance of Haydn's Creation

In April 2009 the Wombourne Choral Society and the City of Wolverhampton Choir gave a joint performance of Haydn's Creation. The Express and Star wrote the following:

'To celebrate the bicentennial of Josef Haydn's death the City and Wombourne choirs combined their considerable talents to perform one of the composer's best loved  works - The Creation.  This was the first time since 1975 that local choral societies have got together to present a large choral work and the result was most impressive...The 150-strong ensemble soon settled to produce a bright and confident sound.  Soprano Rachel Major showed a very pleasant tone, tenor Christopher Turner sang with great character and bass Christopher Foster contributed significantly.  Music director Ian Clarke always had matters very much under control.' 

Jerald Smith  - Express and Star

Our concert in December 2008 at St John's-in-the-Square, Wolverhampton received the following favourable review from Jerald Smith, music critic of the Express and Star:

"Despite being described as a 'frightful atheist' in his younger days, Ralph Vaughan Williams still wrote extensively for the Anglican church. He edited the English Hymnal and many of his settings of carols and hymns remain popular today. Reason enough, then, for Wombourne Choral to devote this well-attended festive concert to Vaughan Williams' music, including half-a-dozen audience-participation carols and hymns.

The evocative Five Mystical Songs found baritone Hakan Vramsmo in exceptionally fine form, eloquently communicating the spirituality of George Herbert's texts. The Fantasia on Christmas Carols saw soloist and choir combining to give a heart-warming account of this collection of traditonal West Country carols, well-supported by the accompanying Wombourne String Players."

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