Choral work of the highest standard

The Pocklington Singers delivered a varied programme at St Catherines Church.
The Pocklington Singers delivered a varied programme at St Catherines Church.

The Pocklington Singers go from strength to strength.

The Summer concert recently held at St Catherine’s Church provided further evidence to this effect.

The programme was nicely varied.

Choral work of the very highest standard was in evidence in particular in the opening and evocative, Breathe soft, ye winds and in (for this reviewer) a wonderful rendering of the Agincourt Carol.

‘Sweet and Low’ along with the stirring final Haydn’s ‘The Heavens are Telling’ merely confirmed how sustained the excellence of the Choir’s output has become.

The more standard choral far was mixed with some more contemporary pieces delivered with panache, and an excursus into musical comedy with Gail Dalley did full justice to the Joyce Grenfell piece ‘Old time Dancing’.

Two Songs from the repertoire of Flanders and Swan helped the evening along, and a nice playing of a couple of Chapin Mazurkas did very nicely.

The soloists were as good as ever. And everyone in the very good sized audience appreciated what fine musical fare they had been offered.

It goes without saying that thanks go to Michael Cooper the director of the choir who has overseen and inspired such high quality singing.

Review by Ian Gregory