UCS – Messiah – Review

Review of Uttoxeter Choral Society concert at Denstone College on Saturday 14th November. The proceedings began with a minute’s silence for the victim’s of the Paris shootings.


The Chapel of St Chad at Denstone College resounded with the voices of Uttoxeter Choral Society on Saturday 14th November as they performed Handel’s Messiah. Mark Leigh Cunningham (tenor) introduced the quote from Isaiah (“Comfort ye”) with resounding clarity and enjoyment. The choir were displayed at the back of the chapel so that everyone could be heard as they sang that “the glory of the Lord shall be revealed”. This arrangement had Hanna-Lisa Kirchin (mezzo) sing “who may abide the day of his coming” when she showed the lovely range of her voice with clarity throughout. Andrea Ryder’s (soprano) breath control for the long phrases was superb. The Choir showed that “his burthen is light “ with their soft singing in contrast to their bitterness in “He trusted in God”.

The atmospheric singing of(bass) Terence Ayebare in “Behold, I tell you a mystery”, the sweetness of tone and the wonder of the words prepared us for a rousing “the trumpet shall sound” when the reverberations from the building added to our pleasure.

It was a memorable evening. The soloists were excellent, the conductor Mitch Holland encouraged the choir and controlled the speed of every item. If you missed it, then you should come to the next concert at St Mary’s parish church, Uttoxeter 23rd April when the choir will sing Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor accompanied by a mixed ensemble.

Mary Pollard.

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