The muggy evening of 16th July was brightened with the singing of Uttoxeter Choral Society of their Favourite Anthems at Oldfields School. A remarkable number of anthems was interspersed with a variety of readings.
The evening began with a rendering of William Boyce’s Alleluia which the choir settled down to sing. The more lyrical 23rd psalm by Howard Goodall almost had the audience expecting the Vicar of Dibley to appear. The first half closed with a spirited rendering of John Rutter’s “When the Saints” where the audience was invited to join the conductor in singing against the choir’s descant.
The interval allowed the audience to step outside with their cold drinks and raffle tickets before the Choir’s joyful rendering of Parry’s ” I was glad” began the second half. Bob Chilcott’s version of “Be Thou my vision” was very moving, as the men sang and the ladies answered then joined together at the end. David Gage then read to us about the Crowning of Solomon and evening concluded with a series of Rutter pieces including a delightful rendering of “For the beauty of the earth” where the accompaniment by Katie Riddle was most obviously complementary. The choir are very lucky to have the services of this talented pianist as their weekly accompanist where she hammers out their parts for them. However, her delicate touch was noticeable in this piece and the choir thanked her too at the end of the evening.
This was the last concert with Mitch as conductor as family reasons require him to move away. The choir took this opportunity of expressing their delight in his teaching. The next concert will be on 26th November at St Mary’s parish Church, Uttoxeter.