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Review of the Fauré Requiem by Pocklington Singers by Ian Gregory

Pocklington Singers delivered a superb performance at All Saints Church.
Pocklington Singers delivered a superb performance at All Saints Church.

All Saints’ Church was again the venue of another splendid occasion of choral singing by the Pocklington Singers as they gave a fine rendering of the Fauré Requiem.

This is a requiem in which the emphasis is not on judgement, the possibility of final damnation and the like.

The Fauré Requiem rather celebrates death as bringing peace and rest from life’s travails.

And the music very much reflects this predominant theme in Fauré’s thinking.

A crucial test for a choir is whether they capture the light and shades of the music.

And this the Pocklington Singers directed by Michael Cooper did very well.

As originally conceived, the piece was devised for more intimate settings and the Church was ideal with that in mind.

The organ playing by Robert Poyser of Beverley Minster was of the highest order.

The church will rarely have heard better playing.

Mark Wharfedale (baritone) and Tomas Burton (treble) both excelled in their solos.

Mark Wharfedale giving rich and warm expression to the music in Hostias et Preces and the Libera me Domine.

Tomas Burton was a delight as his lovely pure voice did justice to the iconic Pie Jesu Domine.

Meanwhile the singers filled the church with singing in which the different lines complimented each other very well and with a richness of sound that was very satisfying.

It bears repeating how lucky the community is that on such a regular basis such fine music making is available to our community.

As ever, thanks to Michael Cooper, director of the Pocklington Singers for all he does for music in the area.

Review by Ian Gregory.