Review: Fareham Philharmonic Choir, St Peter & St Paul, Osborn Road, Fareham

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Fareham Philharmonic Choir’s concert on Saturday, with conductor Colin Davey, featured works by Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams and Howard Goodall.

Soprano Alexandra Stevenson joined the choir for a very satisfying performance of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer.

Organ Sonata No.4 by Mendelssohn, a powerful dramatic work, was given a virtuoso performance by Ian Richardson.

Due to a temporary organ malfunction, the Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams were accompanied on the piano but this was in no way detrimental to the final result.

Harpist Daniel de-Fry joined baritone Edmund Saddington in this setting of poems by George Herbert.

Pianist Blake Powell joined the performers in Howard Goodhall’s requiem Eternal Light which was first performed in 2008.

It is a welcome addition to amateur choirs’ repertoire even though it contains some rhythmical challenges like the first Revelation.

However, this choir produces a mellifluous sound; the Lacrymosa being particularly moving and the performance was appreciated by the large audience.