Romsey Choral Society in Romsey Abbey
Romsey Choral Society has a lovely sound, well balanced and beautifully in tune. Conducted by Jamie W. Hall, they were able to give a full dynamic range, colour and excitement with perfect precision.
After the opening chorus the choir were joined by a very fine quartet of soloists. Tenor Peter Wilman gave an excellent rendition of the stirring Domine Deus aria, which was followed by a wonderful intertwining duet by soprano Rachel Nicholls and mezzo Susan Legg.
Bass Alexander Ashworth sang his aria Quoniam with a very fine top range. Rachel Nicholl's arias, the Crucifixus and O salutaris were heart-rending, her voice melting through the registers like liquid gold.
The Resurrexit brought the choir in again for their triumphant movement with precision, strength and exuberant sound. Susan Legg finished the work with her aria Agnus Dei, with its evocative tango rhythm.
This was an excellent evening. Jamie W. Hall was calmly in control and there was a great rapport between conductor and performers.