The Oakham School Chamber Choir arrived in St Stephen Wallbrook, at the heart of the City of London, on Thursday 24 September, to give a concert of beautifully serene and expressive music of remembrance as part of the prestigious Brandenburg Choral Festival. The seats below the dome, set in the round, were full as the sounds of Harold Darke’s As the Leaves Fall filled this very welcoming and acoustically sonorous performance space. The soaring soprano line, from soloist Lily, sending the young soldiers on their final journey, was supported with an impressive array of tone colour from this young group of performers. The changing moods in Lux Aeterna by Eriks Esenvalds were mirrored in the luminous blended sound of the Chamber Choir and the flowing and sensitively phrased solo line from Bethany. Accompanied for this concert by the Brandenburg Sinfonia, the choir continued the concert with the meditative setting of the Requiem by John Rutter. In the solo from the Pie Jesu, Lily again found superlative tone as she took the melodic line ever higher and led the audience towards the final movements of this performance. The concluding Lux Aeterna had a translucent and beautifully blended choral tone. An encore of Hymne a la Vierge by Villette rounded off this memorable evening.
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