Winter Concert 2023 Review

Led by our wonderful Interim Music Director, we sang the first part of Handel’s Messiah, finishing off the first half with the unsurpassed Hallelujah Chorus, which raised the roof!  The second half of the evening was devoted to an eclectic mix of Christmas Carols both old and new. From the Boar’s Head Carol – which included an actual head of a boar (many thanks Steve) – to the world premier of The Virgin’s Song, a setting of ancient words set to music by our very own local composer Rodney Castleden who was also there in person (no pressure, then!). It is both a challenging and a moving piece, reminding us that the purpose of the coming of the Christ Child encompasses his death as well as his birth.

Huge thanks to Carole and Diane for all the behind the scenes work in making the concert happen so smoothly; to our amazing Interim MD Veronica, for keeping us all together and also making it fun! To John our extraordinary accompanist, to our home-grown soloists, Heather, Ruth, Jonathan and Jeff, and finally to the wonderful Handelian Players whose playing created such a wonderful atmosphere. I am sure we all feel that the Season of Christmas has officially begun!

We look forward to welcoming you to our Spring Concert in March, when we shall be singing Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of our new MD Chris Dixon. If you enjoyed the concert and would like to join us, the first rehearsal is on Monday 8th January at 7.00pm. On Good Friday, 29th March, we will be singing (almost) from scratch Faure’s Requiem. Both will be at St Leonard’s Church.

On behalf of us all at Seaford Choral Society, we wish you a Merry Christmas, and a Peaceful 2024.