Sunday, 9 October 2011

Voskresenije at St Laurence's church

St Laurence's church was packed tonight as, for their sixth visit, the Russian choir Voskresenije captured the hearts and minds of their listeners.  They performed both alone and with the Frodsham Choral Society.  The entire performance of unaccompanied sacred music was spellbinding.  Voskresenije is an ensemble group of 8 singers with a tremendous vocal range of soaring sopranos and a truly remarkable basso profundo led by their founder Jurij Maruk.  

For the first half of the concert our Russian guests treated us to a performance of mostly Orthodox sacred music.  They concluded with an an a capella version of Caccini's Ave Maria.

For the second half Voskresenije joined the Frodsham Choral Society to sing Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil conducted by Howard Kane.  I've always loved Orthodox music and its mystical sound and have already made a mental note to dig out my John Tavener recordings.

It was wonderful to be present as Mayor of Frodsham and husband of one of the singers.  I was touched when I was told by a couple of people visiting Frodsham just how lucky we are to have such a strong, talented choral society.  Indeed we are.

I've already booked my place for their 17th December concert - also at St Laurence's!