Review: Uppingham Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra performance in Melton sent ‘tingles down the spine’

The Uppingham Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra PHOTO: Supplied
The Uppingham Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra PHOTO: Supplied
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The lofty rafters of St Mary’s Church resounded to Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” as Uppingham Chapel Choir and Chamber Orchestra sent tingles down the spines of audience members on Friday, opening this year’s Autumn Concert, writes Alison Blythe.

Next followed “Spring” from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. The soloist was Richard Liu who gave a masterful performance along with the Chamber Orchestra. Francesca Moorehead treated everyone with her soprano voice using the church acoustics to the full in singing the Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart.

After the interval the audience were treated to the “Coronation Mass” also by Mozart. This lesser known mass was brilliantly sung by the full Chapel Choir, giving solo platforms to soloists Sophie Bellamy, Francesca Moorehead, Rosina Griffiths, William Playle-de Vries, Nicholas Hollands, and Theo Wilson who all gave excellent contributions.

The Chamber Orchestra, occasionally with the organ, played under the baton of Alex Laing and the Chapel Choir was conducted by director of music and choir master Stephen Williams.

Audience members were full of praise for the excellent performances and thoroughly enjoyed their evening.

The concert was arranged by the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray in conjunction with Uppingham School to raise funds towards the ongoing Rotary Projects in the Philippines and other charities supported by Rotary.

At the end of the evening, I thanked the school for their continued support of the project through coming to Melton and giving audiences such excellent entertainment.