Reflections on a Requiem

We are pleased to present the reflections of our honorary president, mezzo soprano Linda Ormiston on our recent concert in the West End Festival:

Another fine concert from Strathaven Choral Society under their inspiring conductor, Christopher Barr in the magnificent surroundings of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. The concert and pouring rain as we left seem but a distant memory now but it was certainly a musical night to remember.
I love the Mozart Requiem and this was a performance to savour. A first class young orchestra, the choir in excellent voice, 4 youthful soloists at the start of their careers and Christopher Barr in sparkling form as ever, keeping everyone together and making sublime music!
Incidentally a couple of the soloists told me that it was one of the most enjoyable concerts they had done! As a soloist, when you turn up on the day and you have no idea what the choir will be like or, more importantly, what the conductor will be like, it can sometimes be a tense and not very fulfilling experience. They were full of praise for the choir and for Christopher and it certainly showed in their performance.
The concert opened with a spirited rendition of Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae Curae and then Christopher conducted the orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s Clock Symphony, full of wit and charm. But the main event was Mozart’s wonderful Requiem and once again, Strathaven Choral Society showed their strength in all departments. Bravi tutti!

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