Picture of the Society's composer in association, Cecilia McDowall
Cecilia McDowall is our Composer in Association

We’re delighted to share some lovely feedback on our concert on Saturday 22 June from Cecilia McDowall, our Composer in Association, whose beautiful work, Ave maris stella, featured on the programme.

St Saviour’s Church was packed for the concert, which also featured the Vivaldi Gloria, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, the UK premiere of Soliloquies for Trumpet and Strings by Hertfordshire-based composer Peter Fribbins, and Mozart’s Divertimento in D, with Orchestra Nova conducted by George Vass.

Cecilia writes: ‘The choir sounded terrific, the phrases so beautifully shaped; I thought the choir sang my Ave maris stella with real understanding and conviction. A treat. Lovely soloists, too. 

‘Vivaldi’s Gloria came across so well, with its tight, crisp rhythms and the band sounded particularly fine. Peter Fribbins’ Soliloquies were delicate, subtle and atmospheric; the motif in the opening movement gave impetus for Heidi Bennett’s golden tone to stretch the languorous melodic line.’

Heidi was the solo trumpeter, with Elenor Bowers-Jolley, soprano, and Olivia Warburton, mezzo-soprano.

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